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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

Tips on How to Write your Respiratory Protection Success Story

ST. PAUL, Minn. - You might be doing everything right when it comes to following respiratory protection regulations, but without good records it can be difficult – if not impossible! – to prove it. Better records also mean peace of mind, since you always know you’re on top of training and testing. Don’t be caught playing catch up. Make sure the records

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

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 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

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