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Reducing the Risks of Hearing Overprotection

People in many different types of industries work in noisy environments where they need to wear hearing protection devices (HPDs). Wearing HPDs is critical for addressing hazardous noise levels and helping to protect an individual’s hearing. However, as part of a risk assessment, it is also important to consider how HPDs may affect workers’ ability to hear the important sounds

Some Helpful Tips to Better Understand the Updates to ANSI/ISEA Z87.1

The Z87.1 American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protective Devices is developed by the Z87 Committee on Safety Eye and Face Protection, which is administered by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The most recent changes to this standard were approved in 2015, though the

Is Peracetic Acid a Problem? PPE You Should Consider

Peracetic acid, also known as peroxyacetic acid or PAA, is used in numerous applications, including as a chemical disinfectant in healthcare, sanitizer in the food industry, and purifier during water treatment. It’s an often preferred cleaning agent because it leaves no toxic residue and it is no-rinse.[1] Given PAA’s increasing popularity and use throughout multiple industries, more attention is now

Why Metal-Detectable Earplugs Can be Important in Food Manufacturing

In any food manufacturing facility, preventing food contamination is a top priority. The last thing food producers want to do is unintentionally harm a consumer. If a stray earplug made its way into food produced at that facility, a company’s reputation could also be damaged, and they could be faced with a public relations nightmare. Metal-detectable earplugs are one of the

An N95 Respirator and a Dust Mask Walk Into a Bar

There is a clear difference between a mask and a respirator. Hear more about it from the products themselves as an N95 Respirator walks into a bar to meet his old friend, Dust Mask (DM) and they compare and contrast their uses to each other. N95: Dust Mask, so good to see you; you haven’t changed a bit. DM: Yep, still thin,

Cannabis Industry Safety Concerns and PPE Considerations

As of May 2019, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands and 34 states have legalized marijuana under state law, typically for medical reasons and/or recreational use. There are 12 other states that have decriminalized certain levels of possession. South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho are the four remaining states that do not have any type

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