Your beard may be a health hazard

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Re­s­pi­ra­tors (in­clud­ing “dust masks”) are sup­posed to form an air­tight seal against your face. But fa­cial hair can pre­vent a re­li­able seal, al­low­ing you to in­hale dust or fumes. That’s why OSHA says “re­s­pi­ra­tors shall not be worn when fa­cial hair comes be­tween the seal­ing sur­face of the face­piece and the face.” If you don’t want to shave, the deluxe so­lu­tion is a PAPR (pow­ered air-pu­ri­fy­ing res­pi­ra­tor), which can set you back $1,000 or more. For other op­tions, search on­line for “res­pi­ra­tor for beards.”

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