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The Differences Between Disposable Respirators and Surgical Masks

Publisher's Note (January 30, 2020 and January 10, 2022): 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.

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

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

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

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

Synergist Article Recap: Making Sense of Sensors in PPE

The future is here. Have you heard of the connected worker? Beyond using a smartphone or portable detection devices on a jobsite, did you know there has been an emergence of wearable sensor technology integrated into personal protective equipment (PPE)? This transformative technology tool can help workers take more responsibility for their health and safety. This innovation can also enhance

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