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

Importance of a User Seal Check

The simple habit that helps put you in control of your respiratory protection ST. PAUL, Minn. - You’ve put on your respirator and other safety equipment. It’s time to get to work. You know your employer chose appropriate equipment for your job, and you passed your annual respirator fit testing. So you’re good to go, right? Not until you perform one easy

3M and the Science of Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) theme for “N95” Day this year is “The Science behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future.” What might not be known is that 3M has been applying fit test science to respirator wearers’ life for years. We even pioneered the creation of the saccharin qualitative

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