Category: Personal Protective Equipment

No safety technology is changing as fast as that employed in PPE. The devices of just a few years ago are now obsolete by replacements that are lighter, easier to use, and more protective. These resources alert you to developments in the field, and equally important, supply training ideas to get your workers to use their PPE, and use it correctly.

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Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

OSHA Issues Temporary Guidance on PAPR Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary guidance on enforcement of initial and annual fit-testing requirements in the Respiratory Protection standard for Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Enforcement discretion is limited to healthcare personnel or other workers engaged in high- or very high-exposure-risk activities.

elastomeric half-mask respirator (EHMR)

NIOSH Seeks Comment on EHMR Use, Respirator Stockpile

On September 14, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a request for information and comment on the deployment to and use of elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMRs) by emergency medical services (EMS) organizations and in healthcare settings during the ongoing coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (85 FR 56618).

N95 respirator mask

N95 Respirators: Amid COVID-19 Shortages, OSHA Enforcement Goes On

Why are there still shortages of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs)? Basically, when the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was declared in March, a spike in demand for N95 respirators met a “just-in-time” supply chain. Both industry and government have moved to address shortages. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by an infection of the […]

Safety program technology

Check out the Transcript of Our EHS on Tap Conversation on Safety Connectivity!

It takes clear, regular communication to drive the employee engagement required to build and maintain an effective safety culture at any organization. This is especially true as we continue to adjust to the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, with organizations of all shapes and sizes operating on a wide spectrum of models, from having […]

Safety program technology

EHS on Tap: E60 Advancing Your Worker Safety Program with Practical Connectivity

Even before a great many of us were working remotely, connectivity has been and will always be a key component of successful safety programs and healthy safety cultures. Open communication, engagement from employees and management, and effective change management all depend on connectivity, and technology can help facilitate all of these factors on which effective […]

Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

Amid Shortages, Cal/OSHA Issues Updated ATD Respirator Guidance

On August 6, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) released updated guidance for healthcare employers facing severe shortages of respirators during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The supply chain for respirators has improved but is not yet fully restored, according to Cal/OSHA.

N95 respirator masks

OSHA: Surgical Masks Not a Substitute for Respirators for Non-COVID-19 Respiratory Hazards

Exceptions from respiratory protection regulations allowing the use of surgical masks only apply to healthcare facilities and emergency medical services, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminded employers. Other employers must provide respirators, the agency explained in guidance discussing the differences among cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators.

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for Dental Industry

On May 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an alert for dental practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA alerted employers and workers to increased risk of occupational exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.