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What is the Difference Between a Qualitative and a Quantitative Fit Test?

There is significant science behind evaluating the fit of respiratory protection. Have you ever heard of qualitative fit testing and quantitative fit testing? No? Let’s learn more. U.S. OSHA specifies approved procedures for both qualitative fit testing (QLFT) and quantitative fit testing (QNFT). There are several methods of QNFT – some involve measuring the concentration of an aerosol challenge agent

Welding Journal Cover Feature: How to Help Improve Welders’ Safety and Productivity Shipbuilding Case Study

Industrial shipbuilding requires large numbers of welders. The health and safety challenges that accompany this work can often include eye injuries, respiratory exposure to weld fume, and heat management. Historically, Newport News Shipyard (Newport News, VA) has utilized a number of individual pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect their welders. This includes passive welding helmets, grinding shields,

Welding a Stronger Workforce Takes Teamwork: ISHN Article

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There is mounting research that links strong workplace health and safety programs with less recordable injuries. This month's ISHN magazine has an article “Welding a Stronger Workforce Takes Teamwork” by our own, Tom Reinholt, a Segment Marketer for Heavy Manufacturing in the US for the Personal Safety Division of 3M. He highlights the story of how

Welding a Stronger Workforce

One Company Shares How They Improved Safety and Built Company Loyalty This article first appeared on ISHN.com on April 1, 2017 and is reprinted with permission. In order for a welding business to stay in business, welders must keep welding or it’s a burn on both time and money. One way to promote worker productivity is to provide them with

Walking the Walk…Tips for Complying With the Final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Are falls a concern to you or your workers? Do you regularly inspect walking-working surfaces, correct and guard against hazardous conditions? Are you committed to a safe working environment at your company? Keeping current with legal changes is a necessary first step. In November of 2016, OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces,

Two-Handed or One-Handed Earplug Insertion? Consult Your User Instructions.

Hearing protection devices (HPDs) are worn for the purpose of reducing noise. From construction to food processing to manufacturing, HPDs can help reduce noise exposure and thereby could help reduce noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Traditionally, earplug manufacturers instruct the wearer to use a two-handed insertion method. But what about one-handed insertion? Let’s learn more…. But How Do You Know How

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