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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Surgical masks

Flu Protection: Respirators vs. Surgical Masks

The 2018–2019 flu season is fully upon us and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may continue well beyond the beginning of spring 2019. February is typically the peak month (by a large margin) in the flu season. This can be a high-risk period for workers in healthcare facilities where sick people […]

Foot protection

How Can You Boost Your Foot Protection Program?

A lot of employers have questions about what specific footwear would work best in their foot protection programs. Experts at Safety.BLR.com® recently answered two questions on the subject—see what they had to say, plus download a free guide from Tingley to learn more on how to put your program on the right footing!

Respirator mask

Let the Respiratory Protection Standard Work for You!

Nationwide, approximately 1.4 million workplaces provide at least some of their employees with respiratory protection. Studies indicate that at these workplaces, gaps exist in either their written respiratory protection program, their understanding of OSHA requirements, or the administration of the program. These gaps lead to issues in mandatory compliance or recommended practices, and the improper […]

Opal wearables

Safety Wearables: Their Impact and Their Future

Wearables are a hot topic in workplace safety, but there is some skepticism among EHS professionals. To get a first-hand look at a solution that is making waves in the market today, the EHS Daily Advisor talked with Timothy A. Risser, co-founder of the Opal System brand of wearables.

Respirator

Respirators: Do You Know the Difference Between Fit Tests and Seal Checks?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently issued an FAQ on seal checking respirators. Seal checking a respirator is required by 29 CFR 1910.134(g)(1)(iii), which states: “For all tight-fitting respirators, the employer shall ensure that employees perform a user seal check each time they put on the respirator using the procedures in […]

Dust mask

Dust Masks: When to Reuse, When to Toss Out

Disposable filtering face piece respirators (FFR), more commonly called dust masks, are the respiratory protection most used by employees in the workplace. Disposable FFRs are not intended for repeated or extensive use; yet, for reasons of expense, convenience, and supply, they often are. At what point does a disposal FFR begin to fail to protect […]

Businesses Create Interactive Protective Equipment

Two Minnesota-based companies are working to help safety professionals predict and prevent possible job hazards. Safety gear maker Ergodyne and platform developer Corvex Connected Safety are connecting smart personal protective equipment (PPE) to a platform that shares real-time data, insights, and safety risk concerns from and with workers connected to the gear.