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Why Do Disposable Respirators Have a Defined Shelf Life?

Curious about why respirators expire? Here’s what you can do to make sure your respirator inventory stays up to date and ready to go. ST. PAUL, Minn. – If you’re responsible for managing inventories of personal protection equipment, you should be aware that most disposable respirators – used to protect wearers against particulate airborne hazards – have a limited shelf life, after

What You Can Do To Help Reduce Silica Dust Hazards

Silica is a natural substance found in rocks, sand, and clay and in products such as certain bricks and concrete. In the workplace, these materials can create dust when they are cut, sanded, carved, and ground. Some of this dust may be fine enough to breathe deeply into the lungs and may be associated with negative health effects, especially for

Welding Journal Cover Feature: How to Help Improve Welders’ Safety and Productivity Shipbuilding Case Study

Industrial shipbuilding requires large numbers of welders. The health and safety challenges that accompany this work can often include eye injuries, respiratory exposure to weld fume, and heat management. Historically, Newport News Shipyard (Newport News, VA) has utilized a number of individual pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect their welders. This includes passive welding helmets, grinding shields,

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

U.S. OSHA COVID-19 Violations are on the Rise. Be Prepared.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with enforcement of violations related to COVID-19. As of January 14, 2021, the agency has proposed penalties totaling $4,034,288.00. [1] These citations have come as a result of more than 270 inspections and can be

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