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Respiratory Protection

10 Ways You Should Think About SCBA Comfort

You may think the comfort of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is subjective, but it’s really not. Here are 10 obvious — and not so obvious — ways firefighters should judge the comfort of their SCBA. 1. Realistic Movement The SCBA feels nice on your back, right? When you tried it on in the training room, it felt good. When

3M and the Science of Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Did you know that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) has an “N95” Day? One of the past themes has included “The Science behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future.” You may not also know that is that 3M has been applying fit test science to respirator wearers’ life for years.

A Helpful Guide to OSHA's New Silica Standard

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  If your crew works with silica, you've probably heard about OSHA's updated construction regulation that goes into effect starting mid-2017. However, you may not be clear on the details and what it means for your team. If you're a little confused or simply haven't had time to dig into the flurry of technical documents on the topic,

A Quick Primer on USP 800 and Respiratory PPE

US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s General Chapter Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings is no in effect as of December 1, 2019. It is important to comply with this new revised standard.[i] Most notably, USP describes practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs to promote patient safety, healthcare worker safety and environmental protection. This new revision to the USP

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

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