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Three Things to Know About the New ANSI Fit Testing Standard

ANSI/ASA has published the first standard-setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of 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. 1. What Does this

Think Coveralls and Breathability Don’t Go Together? Think Again!

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Workers who are required to wear protective apparel such as coveralls often state that comfort and ‘moveability’ are paramount. Moreover, they express that their number one complaint is heat buildup since wearing protective suits over their clothes can result in hot conditions. The challenge lies with having a breathable coverall that is also highly protective. Balancing the

The Surge for Tower Climbers to Build a 5G Network

5G, one of the next-generation of mobile communications networks, will dramatically change the way network infrastructure is designed and deployed. This new wave of technology is going to require many newly qualified engineers and technicians with the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to help them get the job done safely. But what exactly is involved and who is

The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Overhaul

ST. PAUL, Minn. - ANSI, an acronym for the American National Standards Institute, is a voluntary consensus standard and is different than OSHA standards. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency that establishes and enforces workplace health and safety standards that are required, by law, to be followed by employers. ANSI voluntary consensus standards are intended to complement

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.

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