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Have You Heard of the ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 Hearing Fit-Test Standard?

Have you heard about the new ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 standard for hearing protection fit testing systems? Learn more about it here. Hearing protector fit testing has long been recognized as a best practice in hearing conservation by both regulators and professional organizations (OSHA, NIOSH, NHCA, 2008). Since then, more evidence suggests that hearing protection fit testing can change the practice and

Let's Learn More About How to Evaluate Respiratory Protection Choices

Wearing a respirator, whether by choice or because of the requirements of your job, is about protection. There are also other considerations that go into choosing what type of respirator you end up using. Protection, fit, comfort, quality and durability – these are all key criteria that should be considered. Whether you are an expert in making these decisions or

OH&S Magazine Confined Space Feature: Addressing Heat Stress Concerns

This article originally appeared in the August 2020 edition of OH&S Magazine. Working in confined spaces can be extremely dangerous. Workers may be exposed to mechanical and atmospheric hazards. In certain situations, the temperature cannot be controlled and workers are exposed to heat stress. The good thing is, many accidents and injuries can be avoided through the correct application of

OH&S Magazine Spotlight: Understanding Modern Head Protection

A bump cap, a hard hat and a climbing style helmet walk into a bar. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, if you were wearing any one of these three types of head protection products and did walk into a bar, they could all protect your head in some way. But how much? Do you know the differences between these

OSHA Requirements and Regulations Change: Time to Trade in Old Equipment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Since OSHA Stand-Down is coming right up, a major thing to keep in mind while you are training is to evaluate your inventory to make sure it’s up to date with all the new OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces requirements as well as other regulatory changes you may be subject to. For instance, did you realize that as of

Three Things to Know About the New ANSI Fit Testing Standard

ANSI/ASA has published the first standard-setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of fit test results. This new standard is titled ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018, American National Standard Performance Criteria for Systems that Estimate the Attenuation of Passive Hearing Protectors for Individual Users. This standard is the first of its kind worldwide. 1. What Does this

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