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Next-Gen Respiratory Protection

May 8, 2024

Trends & Innovations to Keep Workers Safe Even before wearing face masks became a global norm, you were ahead of the curve and familiar with using respiratory protection. You may have even been lucky enough to have access to a good stash of masks during the pandemic because of your line of work. Whether you wear…

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A Matter of Accuracy: Calibrating & Using Personal Sampling Pumps

February 5, 2024

By: Tim Turney, Contributor According to a recent collaborative study between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), the majority of work-related deaths over a 15-year period can be attributed to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.[1] Air sampling pumps are crucial pieces of a kit that offer employers a tool to effectively…

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Who is Most at Risk for COPD?

February 5, 2024

The Risk of COPD is Increased for Workers in Certain Industries and Occupations and with Certain Occupational Exposures By: Paul K. Henneberger, MPH, ScD, Senior Science Advisor, NIOSH Respiratory Health Division Editor’s Note: The following article first appeared on the NIOSH Science Blog. For the original article, visit: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2022/11/16/copd-month/. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is…

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Benefits & Uses of Emergency Escape Respirators

January 3, 2024

IHW sat down with the folks at ILC Dover to discuss their innovative respirators, NIOSH-approved filtration and more.  First, what is the difference between a standard respirator and an emergency escape respirator? “Standard” respirators are typically designed to support workers in operations where they are performing a job – e.g., a production operation, lab testing…

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The Fundamental Importance of Fit

November 21, 2023

Overview of the ASTM F3407 Standard Test Method for Respirator Fit Capability By: Christopher Coffey, Ph.D.; Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH; M. E. Bonnie Rogers, Dr, PH; and Jonathan Szalajda, MS One of the most important criteria for any filtering facepiece air-purifying respirator to be effective is that a good seal is formed between the respirator’s…

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Deadly Dust

November 6, 2023

Silica: Stealing Lives for Centuries Approximately 2.3 million professionals face exposure to crystalline silica at work. In 2016, OSHA updated the exposure regulations for silica for the first time since 1971. Two years later, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported on the largest cluster of black lung disease among active coal…

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More Air. More Wear.

October 11, 2023

EXPERIENCE A HIGHER LEVEL OF COMFORT AND COMPLIANCE Try this P100 and perform all your typical tasks. Note how much easier it is to breathe, how your energy levels are impacted and even how your mood on the job changes. Request a Free Trial

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Protecting Worker Exposure to Airborne Hazards

September 26, 2023

By: Tim Turney, Contributor The effects of inhaled substances, such as dusts gases and vapors, has long been known to be a cause of occupational lung disease as a result of exposure in the workplace. The effects of exposure can develop quickly or take years to develop, leaving workers vulnerable to asthmatic and allergic reactions…

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Selecting the Right Respiratory Protection

September 26, 2023

By: Sean Baldry, Contributor Is it necessary to quantify worker exposures to respiratory hazards before selecting a respirator that will be used for a medical evaluation? Since the selection of respirators should be based on the specific respiratory hazards that your employees will be exposed to, or are likely to be exposed to, in your…

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Fresh Air for Respiratory Protection Requirements

August 1, 2023

By: Ray Chishti, Contributor Working around dusts, mists, fumes, aerosols, gases and vapors can be hazardous to your health. Depending on the contaminant, overexposure can cause lung diseases; problems with the liver, kidneys, heart, or nervous system; or even cancer. To control contaminants, operations can be enclosed or confined; general and local ventilation can be…

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