Dear Valued Stakeholders
The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic continue to affect respiratory protection supply chains, with the market leading 3M products continuously having demand that far outpaces supply. We remain in constant dialogue with 3M South Africa to understand the gravity of the situation, which in turn ensures that our clients understand the implications of respiratory product supplies on your own operations.
6000 series reusable respirators such as the 6300 & 6500 half face mask, and 6800 full face masks are now more readily available than before. However, please note that the 6038 encapsulated cartridge which mitigates dust, odor, welding fumes and nuisance levels of organic vapors is in short supply. I therefore urge clients who require this consumable to consult our Business Development Executives on availability and lead times.
The 8810 disposable respirator has back orders of up to 10-12 months and will continue being in limited supply for the foreseeable future.
Again, I urge you to work closely with our BDE’s who can assist in forecasting and advising on availability of various products with appropriate lead times. Where 3M disposable respirators are not available, I encourage clients to explore alternative 3M reusable respirators, as well as other disposable respirators that we offer from original equipment manufacturers such as Makrite and Uvex. All disposable respirators sold by Medent Safety are NIOSH approved.