Choosing the right respirator is key. No matter how well made your respirator is, it can’t filter out hazards that it’s not designed for. Once you have the results of your exposure assessment, you’re ready to select appropriate protection for your employees. Step One: Know your hazard type. You’ll need to select equipment based on whether your work environment contains a particulate hazard (particles such as hazardous dusts or fibers), a gas or vapor hazard (such as solvent vapors or chlorine gas), or both types of hazards. Generally, you protect against particulate hazards with a filter and against gas and vapors with a cartridge. If both types of hazards are present, combination cartridges are an option that can filter out both particles and gas or vapors Step Two: Find out if your workers need respiratory protection. The exposure assessment should yield employee exposure levels for the substances you tested for. The results are typically measured in parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per cubic meter of air (mg/m3), commonly averaged over an eight-hour work shift. Compare your exposure levels to the occupational exposure limit (OEL) or permissible exposure limit (PEL) set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine if action is required by law. You can often use values set by other groups, such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) – if those values are lower than the OEL. In any event, make sure both your measured concentrations and the levels to which you are comparing them (such as the OEL) use the same units of measure. For instance, both could be expressed in ppm for an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA). Measurements may also be in the form of 15-minute short-term exposure limits (STEL) or a ceiling limit (C), which is the absolute limit that should never be exceeded at any time by a worker. If your employee exposure levels are below the OEL, then respirators aren’t legally required, though you may still want to offer respirators for voluntary use. If your levels are above the limit, look to reduce exposures through engineering, or administrative controls. If putting those controls into place is not feasible, choose respiratory protection that help bring exposures down to an acceptable level for workers. Step Three: Determine level of protection needed. The only respirators OSHA allows for use in the workplace are those approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). All NIOSH-approved respirators have an assigned protection factor (APF), which can range from 10 to 10,000. The APF is the workplace level of respiratory protection that a respirator or class of respirators is expected to provide to employees when the employer implements a continuing, effective respiratory protection program as specified by 29 CFR 1910.134. For instance, an APF of 10 means the respirator can protect against exposure levels that are up to 10 times the PEL for that hazard. To see what level of APF your workplace needs, divide your exposure levels by the exposure limit. (This is called the “hazard ratio.”) For instance: Exposure level: 500 ppm ÷ OEL or PEL: 50 ppm — APF: 10 Step Four: Choose a respirator type Once you know your required APF, you can narrow down your choices to those respirators that can reduce exposure to below the OEL. OSHA lists APFs for different types of respirators. For example, half-mask respirators with cartridges and filters have an APF of 10. Besides choosing equipment appropriate for your workplace’s types and levels of hazards, you must also consider compatibility with other required protective equipment, such as safety glasses and hard hats. Glasses and half face respirators, for example, may compete for space on the same part of the face — the bridge of the nose — so it’s vital to find equipment that fits together without causing either leakage around the respirator edges or loss of eye protection. Comfort and ability to do the job are also important considerations; if the work is particularly strenuous, try to select respirators that are as lightweight and streamlined as possible. And keep in mind that people’s faces come in all shapes and sizes; you may need to select from a variety of models and sizes to find properly fitting respirators for all workers who need one. For more information please visit: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/safety-centers-of-expertise-us/respiratory-protection/respirator-selection/ [pdf-embedder url="https://savesmartproducts.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/3M-Respirator-Selection-Guide.pdf" title="3M Respirator Selection Guide"]
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The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) includes twelve major contractors who come together twice a year for a two day meeting to discuss only one thing- SAFETY. The goal of CISI is to influence not only those within their group, but others to work safely and elevate safety awareness to a new level in the United States. Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. Any one incident is one too many. Life is too precious to not make safety the number one focus in the U.S. construction industry. That's why over 40 national and global construction firms comprising The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. We know being safe every day on every job site crosses competitive boundaries. That's why we have banded together to create and celebrate the second US Industry Safety Week, running this year from Sunday May 3th to Saturday May 9th. For more information please visit: www.safetyweek2015.com. To order Safety Supplies please visit: http://store.savesmartproducts.com/safety-supplies/ Save Smart Products - The Products You Love Priced For Less www.savesmartproducts.com Supplier of Jan San Supplies, Safety Supplies (PPE), Material Handling Supplies and Facility Maintenance Supplies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the KAMRA inlay, a device implanted in the cornea of one eye (the clear, front surface) to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia. It is the first implantable device for correction of near vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery. Presbyopia is the loss of the ability to change the focusing power of the eye. It occurs with normal aging and results in difficulty with near vision, generally in adults 40 to 50 years of age. The KAMRA inlay is an opaque, ring-shaped device intended for use in patients 45 to 60 years old who, in addition to not having had cataract surgery, are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print and need reading glasses with +1.00 to +2.50 diopters of power—but do not need glasses or contacts for clear distance vision.
Catering is completely different from cooking in a restaurant. In a restaurant, you can give full attention to each dish and craft it perfectly; not that you can’t do that in a catering setting, but it’s quite different. Caterers have a limited amount of time to get food out to not just one table, but possibly hundreds simultaneously.
The life of a good caterer can actually be one of control and ease if things are organized. – Chef Matt BurtonRead more ›
The Maximizer's unique design delivers the industry-leading mop spread to provide 30% more floor coverage than the standard wet mop. More coverage translates into less time spent mopping and more time for other tasks. And 25% less weight means less effort when mopping and lifting. When wrung out, the Maximizer mop weighs 25% less than the standard mop which helps to alleviate exertion due to mopping's repetitive and physical requirements. This innovative mop is constructed with a special Maximizer Blend for maximum effectiveness. It has the highest absorbency ratio of any mop in its class — absorbing up to three times as much as cotton! And it delivers industry-leading durability, withstanding up to 50 commercial laundering cycles. The Maximizer Blend Mop is also available in a
Start with the right tools For truly effective spring cleaning, replace worn, inefficient mops, brooms and cleaning cloths. Newer innovations like the Rubbermaid Maximizer mop and microfiber make cleaning faster, easier and more effective. Elevate surface cleaning Use a disinfectant or sanitizer on all hard surfaces to eliminate viruses, bacteria and pathogens that are lurking everywhere. Be sure to move items on work surfaces, including electronics which are notorious dust magnets, and clean
Lightweight and more compact than traditional carts for easier maneuverability in tight spaces, the Quick Cart is still built tough—it's the industry's most durable mobile cart solution. Features like the high-performance materials that provide strength and rigidity and the reinforced kickplate withstand rigorous daily use. The Teflon® fabric protector repels water, oil and stains to keep the Quick Cart looking its best. And the inner liner is removable for easy cleaning. Designed for smart organization and easy access to a variety of supplies and tools, the Quick Cart has a removable carry caddy with dividers, a zip front pocket and a strap to secure larger tools such as a mop or long-reach duster. And it's customizable for a variety of roles including housekeeping, janitorial and maintenance. While the Quick Cart is a standout when it comes to performance, it's designed to blend into the environment. It conceals supplies for discreet transport and the robust ball–bearing wheels are engineered for reduced noise.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed new regulations that would greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States as part of the “Clean Water Act.” For the past several months, the Georgia Chamber’s Energy and Natural Resources Policy Committee has been studying the proposals and talking with key stakeholders to develop a response that has been submitted as part of the federal rulemaking process. READ MORE
$80 million contract increased to $107 million to protect Marines, Soldiers and Sailors Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:39 pm CDT MINNEAPOLIS-3M today announces it has received additional orders from U.S. government for its Enhanced Combat Helmet that provide military personnel with protection against head injury from ballistic threats and blunt impacts. 3M will deliver 35,000 helmets for the U.S. Army and 2,500 helmets for the U.S. Navy in addition to the 77,000 ordered for the U.S. Marine Corps last fall. READ MORE http://news.3m.com/press-release/company/us-government-order-totals-114000-enhanced-combat-helmets-3m