3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirators 9300A+ Series

Technical Data Sheet

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The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9300A+ Series provides effective respiratory protection for use in environments where workers will be exposed to airborne dust particles and non-volatile liquid particles.


  • Tested and compliant with AS/NZS 1716:2012.
  • Can provide protection against mechanically (P1) and thermally generated particulates (P2).
  • Foldable, easy to store, 3-panel design accommodates facial movement for wearer comfort.
  • Sculptured nose panel conforms to the nose and contours of the face and helps improve compatibility with 3M eyewear.
  • Embedded nose clip is concealed and is metal detectable.
  • Nose clip is kept securely in place within the layers of the respirator.
  • Large, soft nose foam comfortable on the skin
  • Hygienic individual packaging helps protect the respirator from contamination before use
  • 3M low breathing resistance filter technology gives effective filtration for consistent high quality performance.
  • Embossed top panel of the respirator helps to reduce fogging of eyewear.
  • Innovative chin tab designed for ease of donning and adjustment to help achieve a more comfortable fit.
  • 3M™ Cool Flow™ exhalation valve offers improved comfort in hot humid environments and/or where work is hard and physical (9312A+, 9322A+).
  • Even strap pressure improves comfort on the neck, face and head with a secure feel.
  • Coloured headbands for easy identification: Yellow for P1, Blue for P2.


The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9300A+ Series respirators meet the Class P1 or P2 performance requirements of AS/NZS 1716:2012 for filtering mechanically (P1) and thermally (P2) generated particles. They should be used to protect the wearer from solid and non-volatile liquid particles only. Class P2 respirators are also recommended for use in certain applications against some pathogenic biological airborne particulates such as Influenza virus. A copy of AS/NZS 1716:2012 can be purchased from SAI Global.


These respirators are suitable for use in concentrations of solid and non-volatile liquid particles up to the following limits:


The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9300A+ Series respirators have been produced to comply with the requirements of Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1716:2012 under an agreed production certification scheme operated during manufacture in accordance with BSI.


  • Before use, the wearer must be trained in use of the complete product in accordance with AS/NZS 1715:2009 and other applicable Health and Safety standards/guidance.
  • Proper selection, training, use and appropriate maintenance are essential in order for the product to help protect the wearer from certain airborne contaminants.
  • Failure to follow all instructions and limitations on the use of these respirators and/or failure to wear the respirator during all times of exposure can reduce respirator effectiveness and may result in sickness or death.
  • Do not use in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen, as these respirators do not supply oxygen. (3M definition – individual countries may apply their own limits on oxygen deficiency. Seek advice if in doubt.) Do not use these respirators for protection against atmospheric contaminants/concentrations which are unknown or at or above immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) levels.
  • For suitability and proper use follow local regulations and refer to all information supplied. For additional assistance, contact an Occupational Hygienist, Safety professional or 3M TechAssist Helpline.

Warnings and Use Limitations

  • Always be sure that the complete product is:
    • Suitable for the application;
    • Fitted correctly;
    • Worn during all periods of exposure;
    • Replaced when necessary.
  • Before initial use, always check the product is within the stated shelf life (use by date).
  • It is recommended that fit testing be conducted before assigning a respirator to an individual. If you cannot achieve a proper fit then do not enter the contaminated area. See your supervisor.
  • Inspect respirator before each use to ensure it is in good working condition. Examine all the respirator parts for signs of damage including the two straps, nose clip, nose foam and staples. The respirator should be disposed of immediately upon observation of damaged or missing parts.
  • Leave the contaminated area immediately and contact supervisor if dizziness, irritation or other distress occurs.
  • Do not alter, repair, wash, abuse or misuse the respirator.
  • Do not use with beards or other facial hair or other conditions that prevent a good seal between the face and the sealing edge of the respirator.
  • The respirator can help protect the wearer’s lungs against certain airborne contaminants; however, it will not prevent entry through other routes such as the skin or eyes, which would require additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • These respirators are designed for occupational/professional use by adults who are properly trained in their use and limitations. These respirators are not designed to be used by children.
  • Individuals with a compromised respiratory system, such as asthma or emphysema, should consult a physician and complete a medical evaluation prior to use.
  • Operating Temperature Range: -20 to +50 degrees Celsius. CAUTION: Care should be taken when using these respirators at low temperatures as excessive moisture may cause the exhalation valve to freeze.
  • The filtration efficiency of these respirators may decrease in the presence of oily mists.

Fitting Instructions

Must be followed each time the respirator is worn. Before fitting device, ensure hands are clean.

See Figure 1 below.

All respirator components should be inspected for damage prior to each use.

  1. With reverse side up and using the tab, separate top and bottom panels to form a cup shape. Bend slightly at centre of the nose clip.
  2. Ensure both panels are fully unfolded.
  3. Cup respirator in one hand with open side towards face. Take both straps in other hand. Hold respirator under chin, with nose piece up, and pull straps over head.
  4. Locate the upper strap across the crown of the head and the lower strap below the ears. Straps must not be twisted. Adjust top and bottom panels for comfortable fit, ensuring panels and chin tab are not folded in.
  5. Using both hands, mould nose clip to the shape of the lower part of the nose to ensure a close fit and good seal. Pinching the nose clip using only one hand may result in less effective respirator performance - use two hands.
  6. The seal of the respirator on the face should be fit checked before entering the workplace

Fit Check

  1. Cover the front of the respirator with both hands being careful not to disturb the fit of the respirator.
  2. (a) UNVALVED respirator - EXHALE sharply; (b) VALVED respirator - INHALE sharply.
  3. If air leaks around the nose, re-adjust the nose clip to eliminate leakage. Repeat the above fit check.
  4. If air leaks at the respirator edges, work the straps back along the sides of the head to eliminate leakage. Repeat the above fit check. If you CANNOT achieve a proper fit DO NOT enter the hazardous area. See your supervisor. It is recommended that wearers be fit tested in accordance with AS/NZS 1715:2009 Standard.

Removal Instructions

See Step 3 of Fitting Instructions and place hand over the respirator to maintain position on the face. Pull the bottom strap over your head. Still holding respirator in position, pull the top strap over your head and remove the respirator.


Used respirators should be disposed of in accordance with relevant national regulations


The following materials are used in the production of the 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9300A+ Series respirators:

Storage and Transportation

The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9300A+ Series respirators have a shelf life of 5 years. End of shelf life is
marked on the product packaging. Before initial use, always check that the product is within the stated shelf life (use by date). Product should be stored in clean, dry conditions within the temperature range: –20°C to +25°C with a maximum relative humidity of <80%. When storing or transporting this product use original packaging provided.