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An N95 Respirator and a Dust Mask Walk Into a Bar

There is a clear difference between a mask and a respirator. Check out this technical bulletin, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison” or hear more about it from the products themselves as an N95 Respirator walks into a bar to meet his old friend, Dust Mask (DM) and they compare and contrast their uses to each other. N95: Dust Mask, so good

Using PAPRs in Clinical and Healthcare Settings

Are you a professional looking to help improve personnel safety in the healthcare environment through the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)? As you probably know, federal and state occupational safety and health administrations (OSHAs) issue workplace health and safety regulations that must be adhered to, including under what circumstances PPE is used. Respirators can be a key type

Cap 1 vs. Cap 2 Cartridges for CBRN – Tips to Help You Make an Appropriate Choice

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With the ever-present possibility of acts of terrorism, natural disasters, chemical releases, epidemics and mass casualty events, the personal protection equipment needs of first receivers and emergency response teams continues to be a priority. In 2006 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a protocol for the certification of powered air purifying respirators

CBRN PAPR: Be Prepared, Breathe Easy

ST. PAUL, Minn. – First Receivers, emergency response teams, military personnel, safety managers, as well as others who handle patient decontamination. All these groups may require specialized respiratory protection when encountering particularly dangerous conditions brought on by exposures to chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear  (CBRN) hazards. From preparation to clean-up, you need leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools for

Earmuffs: A Key Component of a Hearing Conservation Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When you’re managing a hearing conservation program, choosing the right type of protection can help ensure your workers stay safe, comfortable and compliant. This means you have to consider a number of factors, including comfort, the level of noise workers are exposed to, equipment costs and even the level of training you’ll be able to offer. Regardless

The Differences Between Disposable Respirators and Surgical Masks

Publisher's Note (January 30, 2020): For quick reference, please see this technical bulletin entitled, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison" ST. PAUL, Minn. – While disposable respirators look similar to masks used during surgery and other medical procedures, the two are designed for very different purposes. First off, the two types of protection differ in how they function. Surgical masks are primarily

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