The 3M 7093 P100 is a HEPA filter sold by the pair for use on a 3M 6000 Respirator and a 3M 7500 Respirator. It has a hard plastic case that makes it especially useful when sparks from welding or grinding might damage the 2000 Series filters. Also helpful where some water splash may occur, such as in asbestos abatement. As compared to the 3M 2091 Filter, you may also notice that the filter media is contained within the case. This keeps the trapped lead or asbestos dust particles out of reach. For a wide variety of organic vapors, you can use the 3M 6001 Organic Vapor Cartridge that is NIOSH-approved and attaches to the 3M 6000 and 7500 Series masks. If you are looking for a reliable filter for protection against toxic dusts, such as lead and asbestos, and for mold cleanup and remediation, use the 3M 2097 Filters that fit on the 3M 6000/3M 7500 Series half masks, and the 3M 6000 full face respirators.
When working inside the home, please take care to isolate the work are from the rest of the house. This might mean using plastic sheeting to contain the dust and fumes until cleaned up with a HEPA rated vacuum. Wearing protective clothing like a Tyvek suit should help with keeping your work clothes out of the laundry where it could deposit lead particles on other family members' clothing.
Contractors engaged in residential renovation use either the 3M 7093 or the 3M 2091 HEPA Filters attached to a 3M Half Mask Respirator. Lead dust particles from paint in older homes can become airborne when working on windows or other woodwork in the home. When replacing or disturbing the molding around a door or window, lead in the paint will be released into the air. Protecting your lungs, whether a window installer or a DIY homeowner, should be your first concern.
This also goes for removing paint from wood moldings. Scraping is one method, but many homeowners take on the popular DIY approach of using a heat gun or infrared heat source to lift the paint off. In this case, please also take care with the vapors released. If done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, the 3M 7093 Filter will be adequate. However, if indoors with less than optimal air movement, we would suggest that you use the 3M 60926 Filter/Cartridge Combination. This adds a layer of charcoal to the P100/HEPA Filter. The 60926 is a little harder to breathe through, while also weighing and costing more. That said, ignoring the chemicals being released when you heat that old paint is not a good idea.
Since most homes with molding worth the effort of paint removal are quite old, lead paint is most surely present. Please don't take chances with your health or that of your family. Lead dust and fumes are serious business. You may want to take a look at our 3M Lead Dust Respirator
. This combines the 3M 7093 P100 Filter with the 3M 6000 Half Mask Respirator.
When properly fitted, the 3M 7093 P100 Filter may be used in a variety of applications including welding, brazing, torch cutting, metal pouring, soldering, and exposure to lead, asbestos, cadmium, arsenic, and MDA for concentrations up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) with half face pieces or 50 times PEL with full face pieces. Full face pieces must be quantitatively fit tested to claim assigned protection factor above 10 in negative pressure mode.