Congratulations to the 2021 3M PSD OHS Scholarship Winners!

This year the Personal Safety Division at 3M decided to award five scholarships, instead of four, in the amount of $5,000 each to the following outstanding students who are pursuing an education in a graduate occupational health and safety/industrial hygiene program at universities in the United States. Congratulations to the 2021 winners: Clark Adams – Murray State University   Joshua Becker – Capitol

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

Hurricanes: Be Prepared with Your Respiratory Protection Ahead of Time

How active a hurricane season is fluctuates based on weather patterns and other factors, but 2020 was one for the record books. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), they "accurately predicted a high likelihood of an above-normal season with a strong possibility of it being extremely active. In total, the 2020 season produced 30 named storms (top

Ten Considerations when Selecting Respiratory Protection

When choosing respiratory protection in the United States, there is a lot to consider. Are respirators required by your employer and/or the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Has the respirator been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH)? But even once you select the appropriate respiratory protection given your job and application, another important

Comfort Considerations When Picking Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection may be necessary at your job, but there are many options out there designed to help comfortably protect you from the hazards you face. It’s important to keep in mind that when making the choice of what type of respiratory protection to use that you also select products from a reputable manufacturer that offers science-based, innovative solutions, which

Stay Up to Date: Subscribe to the 3M Fall Protection Newsletter

We encourage you to sign up to receive our 3M Fall Protection Newsletter. Every other month we send out a short newsletter that features: Updates on new products and how they function to help workers Technical bulletins to learn the science behind many important issues All types of training available from free webinars to paid certifications Other useful information to

10 Ways You Should Think About SCBA Comfort

You may think the comfort of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is subjective, but it’s really not. Here are 10 obvious — and not so obvious — ways firefighters should judge the comfort of their SCBA. 1. Realistic Movement The SCBA feels nice on your back, right? When you tried it on in the training room, it felt good. When

The ANSI Standard and the Benefits of Hearing Protection Fit Testing

ANSI/ASA published the first standard setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of hearing 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 and is a

Sign Up for the 2021 Fall Protection Webinar Series

Join the 3M Fall Protection Team for a series of informative, online learning opportunities. From learning the ABCDs of fall protection to advanced topics like all about leading edge, challenging tie-offs and confined space safety, our experienced team is here to help you stay safe and compliant. You can register for these webinars at https://engage.3m.com/FallProtectionWebinars. ABCDs of Fall Protection –

Disinfection of PPE for Working Safely in Construction During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As many countries around the world have begun to return to the workplace, companies, including construction sites, may be considering additional requirements and reevaluating personal protective equipment (PPE) choices to help protect workers from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for construction, disinfection of reusable PPE is recommended at

PPE Selection for Working Safely in Construction During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As many countries around the world begin to return to the workplace, companies may be considering additional requirements and reevaluating personal protective equipment (PPE) choices to help protect workers from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Traditionally, when workers need PPE, employers must comply with all applicable workplace standards and regulations regarding selection and use of PPE. One example is

General Guidelines for Working Safely in Construction During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As many countries are opening economies to resume work, construction companies may be considering additional requirements and steps to help protect workers from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus is currently believed to spread from person to person when an infected person’s respiratory droplets, perhaps from coughing, sneezing or talking, land in others’ eyes, nose or mouth.

Beryllium Hazard: An Overview on Regulation Requirements Changes

UPDATE: A new final rule for the Beryllium standard has been published by U.S. OSHA. The final rule amends the following paragraphs of the standard for general industry: 'Definitions,' 'Methods of Compliance,' 'Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment,' 'Hygiene Areas and Practices,' 'Housekeeping,' 'Medical Surveillance,' 'Hazard Communication' and 'Recordkeeping.' There is also a new Appendix A: 'Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas.' The

Reusable Respirators and PAPRs in Healthcare Settings

Healthcare workers often use surgical masks and filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), such as N95s, while caring for patients. However, what you may not realize is that there are other forms of respiratory protection that are effective for a variety of applications in healthcare settings. Let’s take a look and find out more about the reusable respirator (RR) and the powered

VLOG: Fluid Resistance Testing for Surgical Masks and Respirators

Healthcare workers. Not only are they vital to providing patients with the care that they need, but some of the personal protective equipment (PPE) they use needs to meet certain standards to help protect them from hazards they face in the forms of fluids, particulates, and other materials. N95 surgical respirators are disposable filtering facepiece particulate respirators that are also

Selecting N95 Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers are vital to providing patients with the care that they need. One important aspect of a healthcare worker’s job and safety is the personal protective equipment used to help protect doctors, nurses, technicians and others tasked with helping people in clinics, urgent care facilities, hospitals and other places that provide treatment. Surgical Masks vs. Surgical N95 Respirators  Healthcare

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

Flood Protection and Above the Shoulders PPE

Flooding. It seems to be a more regular occurrence. But does the meteorological record back that up? Each of the 1982, 1993, and 2015–16 floods resulted in eight peaks of record among the selected stations included in this study, whereas the 2017 flood resulted in 21 peaks of record. By the numbers, drought ($236.6 billion, CPI-adjusted), severe storms ($206.1 billion,

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

Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flash floods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash, and

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

3M and the Science of Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Did you know that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) has an “N95” Day? One of the past themes has included “The Science behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future.” You may not also know that is that 3M has been applying fit test science to respirator wearers’ life for years.

Beat the Heat: Identifying and Preventing Heat Stress

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Now that summer is in full swing, heat stress can be a major concern in workplace environments. It can potentially cause irritability, low morale, absenteeism, shortcuts in procedures and unsafe behavior according to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). In severe cases, heat stress, in the form of heat stroke and exertional heat stress, can

Using Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBD) in Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) Situations

Emergency escape breathing devices (EEBD) are a type of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) used for emergency escape in immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) situations. When properly used, an EEBD can provide emergency respiratory protection by allowing the wearer to escape from environments with atmospheres that are oxygen deficient or that contain toxic contaminants. Typical Applications for EEBD Many

Find Out More About the American Recovery Plan EMS/Firefighter Funding Assistance

As the United States takes the next steps to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the $1.9 trillion emergency stimulus plan known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is the next source of support for COVID-19 pandemic response. But how does this next piece of legislation and spending impact first responders, including EMS agencies and firefighters? Below are major plan

How Reflective Wear Reflects a Deep Scientific Approach to Development

When clothing manufacturers are looking to utilize reflective material for the protective and visibility value that it offers, they are often also looking for more of a visual impact. Reflective material serves both of these purposes quite well. Obviously, it’s a cool technology that can create a really impactful look, but it also needs to be functional. What you may

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