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.
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