The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Overhaul

ST. PAUL, Minn. - ANSI, an acronym for the American National Standards Institute, is a voluntary consensus standard and is different than OSHA standards. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency that establishes and enforces workplace health and safety standards that are required, by law, to be followed by employers. ANSI voluntary consensus standards are intended to complement

Tips on How to Write your Respiratory Protection Success Story

ST. PAUL, Minn. - You might be doing everything right when it comes to following respiratory protection regulations, but without good records it can be difficult – if not impossible! – to prove it. Better records also mean peace of mind, since you always know you’re on top of training and testing. Don’t be caught playing catch up. Make sure the records

Some Green Options to Manage Your Aging/Expiring Disposable Respirator Stockpile Inventory

ST. PAUL, Minn. - At 3M, we can help you partner with organizations that can help you dispose of your aging or expiring disposable respirator stockpiles in an environmentally friendly manner. Rather than disposing of hundreds, thousands, or more of the respirators in a landfill, here are some greener options to consider: Option 1: Recycling Today, it’s common to recycle all

The Difference Between Medical Evaluation and Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Imagine what it would feel like to wear work gloves a size too big or too small. They could slow you down or make it harder to grip tools or things could get caught inside. You may just take them off. While poor fitting gloves are an inconvenience, a poor fitting respirator is much more. If a tight-fitting

How to Fit, Wear, and Inspect your Fall Protection Gear

ST. PAUL, Minn. - “According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fall protection violations once again topped the list for 2015 with 7,402 total violations.” “Safety isn’t something that can be bought. It’s a culture […]. Too often companies invest in safety after a tragic event occurs. Although most companies [sic] recognize the hazards of working at heights, the next

Importance of Respirator Fit

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tight-fitting respirators must seal to the wearer’s face in order to provide expected protection. Respirator fit is important because it involves several major issues: Seal Compatibility Stability The Respirator's Seal A good fit means the respirator will seal to your skin. A respirator can only work when air passes through the filter. Air will take the path of

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