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Access: Supports for Living and 3M: Hearing the Call to Support Our Military On and Off the Field

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M has built a solid partnership with Access Business Solutions, a division of Access: Supports for Living, a non-profit that helps support military veterans. Access provides much-needed jobs and support for severely disabled people, including disabled military veterans. These disabled veterans are employed to help with the final manufacturing and packaging of 3M™ E-A-R™ Combat Arms Earplugs and

After the Earthquake: Personal Protective Equipment for Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The shaking, the swaying, things falling and there is nowhere to go. It happens without warning and it often affects large areas. There are few natural disasters more devastating in terms of potential loss of human life and property damage than earthquakes. Moreover, after the shock wears off, an earthquake’s aftermath presents serious hazardous conditions to both

An N95 Respirator and a Dust Mask Walk Into a Bar

There is a clear difference between a mask and a respirator. Check out this technical bulletin, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison” or 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

ANSI Approves New ISEA 121 Standard for Fall Protection for Tools

In the United States, the new ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 standard for Dropped Objects Protection was approved on July 02, 2018, by the American National Standards Association. This standard was initially prepared by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and passed earlier this year, in an effort to provide manufacturers of dropped objects equipment with guidance on testing and performance criteria. This

ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Made Easier

ST. PAUL, Minn.  -  ANSI/ISEA 107 - the US standard addressing low worker visibility as an occupational hazard during the day, low-light conditions and at night, by ANSI direction is updated every 5 years. The most current edition published February 1, 2016. There are four main topics covered in today’s standard: garment design, performance of both retroreflective and background materials,

Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

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