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Respiratory Protection Program Management & Fit-Testing Update

August 3, 2021

By: Rob Brauch, COHC, Contributor Let’s start with the obvious—the worldwide response against COVID-19 has impacted just about every facet of our daily lives.  At first, there was conflicting information about how the disease was passed from person-to-person and what the death tally might become if the disease was left unchecked. Meanwhile, governments and the…

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Respiratory Protection: OSHA’s 1910.134

August 3, 2021

“The purpose of the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 is to provide a guideline in establishing an effective, written respiratory program. Where engineering controls are not feasible or are not sufficient to maintain compliance, respirators are an effective method of protection when properly selected and worn. Currently listed as #3 on OSHA’s Top 10 most…

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Respirator Fit-Testing Methods (ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z88.10-2010)

August 3, 2021

“AccuTec-IHS is pleased to sponsor ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z88.10-2010 – Respirator Fit Testing Methods. Now more than ever, it’s critical to employ standards-compliant Fit Tests to protect workers and your organization from airborne hazards. Many new respirators have been developed during OVID, and our AccuFIT® 9000 PRO tests virtually all models/types.” AccuTec-IHS, Inc., 800-896-6959, www.accutec.com History Developed…

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Breathing Safely: Simplifying Complex Respirator Fit Test Requirements & How Technology Can Help

May 18, 2021

By: Dave Risi, CIH, CSP, Contributor Respirators are the last line of defense between workers and harmful air contaminants, irritants and other workplace respiratory hazards. Yet, simply wearing a respirator isn’t enough. If respirators don’t fit properly, they provide little or no protection for workers. That’s why regulations like OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard require employers…

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Is the IH Respiratory Hazard also an Explosion Risk?

May 18, 2021

By: Mark Yukich & Ashok Ghose Dastidar, Contributors As a professional, the importance of identifying respirable industrial hygiene hazards and taking the steps necessary in reducing the amount of exposure to encourage a safe atmosphere for workers is vitally important. However, when tasked with reducing respirable dust hazards within a facility’s process, it is recommended…

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Monitoring Workers’ Exposure in Confined Spaces

May 18, 2021

By: Kevin Chase, Contributor Monitoring workers for exposure to respirable particulates, including dust, metals, crystalline silica, welding fumes and diesel particulate matter, is being driven by tighter regulations in almost every industry. Employers must be more attentive than ever to the personal exposure of workers. Workers also need to be educated on the potential dangers…

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CleanSpace HALO respirator wins two categories at prestigious Red Dot 2021 Awards

April 19, 2021

CleanSpace HALO, a reusable powered respirator, designed and manufactured in Australia, has won the ‘design quality’ and ‘innovative approach’ categories at the Red Dot Awards. Leading Australian respiratory protection designer and manufacturer CleanSpace Technology, is delighted to announce its healthcare respirator, CleanSpace HALO, has won two highly-coveted awards at the prestigious 2021 Red Dot Awards…

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Respiratory Hazards in Construction Work

April 19, 2021

Neil Webster, CSP, OHST, Contributor Construction can be a pretty dirty business. Over 2 million workers in the U.S. have regular exposure to dusty conditions at work. Approximately 90% of those 2 million are employed in the construction industry. A commercial construction project subjects personnel to a wide variety of conditions, including noise, vibration, weather,…

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A Checklist for Selecting a Safe & Reliable Respirator

February 3, 2021

John Schwind, Contributor Throughout most of the pandemic, our most prestigious medical and governmental institutions have advocated social distancing—six feet, at least—and wearing a respirator as the two most reliable practices to protect us from the coronavirus. The former is an issue of behavior. Being alert about our physical surroundings allows some degree of control,…

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Introducing the Revolutionary QuantiFit2TM – True Advancement in Respirator Fit Testing

January 7, 2021

OHD, LLLP is proud to present the next generation of fit testing instrumentation, the QuantiFit2TM, which utilizes OHD’s scientifically proven and patented Controlled Negative Pressure (CNP) technology. The revolutionary QuantiFit2 allows users to break free from traditional respirator fit testing restraints. The QuantiFit2 reportedly offers battery power for ultimate portability, AutoStart functionality for touchless testing,…

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