Category Archives: Respiratory

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Beryllium Levels

Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule regarding allowable beryllium exposure levels for workers. The rule will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, training, and medical exams. Workers who inhale airborne beryllium in the workplace can develop a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease or CBD. Occupational Read more [...]

When the Dust Settles: OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica

OSHA new silica rule
OSHA’s highly controversial final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica has been issued. This is a major development as this rule represents the first reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971. It will have a significant impact on several industries, including 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime sectors, including hydraulic fracturing. New Standards: 29 CFR 1910.1053 (GI), 1915.1053 (Maritime) and 1926.1153 (Construction) The rule Read more [...]

Protecting Against the MERS Virus Outbreak

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012, is not well-understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know the exact source or mode of its transmission. Currently, there is no known cure or vaccine to protect against the virus. Since May 2015, the South Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Middle East. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute Read more [...]

How to Choose a Disposable Respirator

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Disposable respirators, also known as filtering facepiece respirators, offer protection against air-borne particulates and mists. These are probably the most popular type of air-purifying respirator - they are readily available, lightweight, comfortable, and are appropriate for most common applications. Particulate respirators are rated by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) according to what they filter out and how well they filter. These ratings include: N95, R95, Read more [...]

Chemical Filters for Worker Respirators

Modern workplace environments often contain a variety of potentially harmful compounds or biological hazards that are dangerous when inhaled or ingested. Working within or even near one of these environments typically requires the use of different types of respirator masks. Depending on the particular types of hazards involved, workers may employ simple, disposable respirator masks or, in more extreme situations, enclosed systems with powered air supplies are necessary. Regardless of the level of Read more [...]

Cleaning Your Respirator

Keeping your respirator clean and maintained will ensure that you have the highest level of safety. This means increased protection. You will also extend the life of your respirator by keeping it properly maintained. Respirator masks should be cleaned after each use. This will decrease your chances of being contaminated or inhaling hazardous debris.   There is a recommended method for cleaning reusable respirator masks. You will need to remove any filters or cartridges that are attached to Read more [...]

What are the Dangers of Over-Using a Disposable Respirator?

Work environments where employees are exposed to air where there may be dust, bacteria or chemicals should always wear a respirator.  Prolonged exposure to noxious gas,chemicals or dusty air can cause damage to your lungs.  Jobs where disposable respirator's are needed include construction sites, hospital and healthcare facilities, and industrial painting and manufacturing. While disposable respirators cannot filter out everything, a properly working and rated one can keep many harmful airborne Read more [...]

How do I Know if my Respirator is Fitted Properly?

Written on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 According to OSHA, all respirators that rely on a mask-to-face seal need to be annually checked with either qualitative or quantitative methods to determine whether the mask provides an acceptable fit to a wearer. A proper fit is necessary for your respirator to provide the maximum amount of protection that it is designed to provide. Generally speaking, there are a few steps that can be taken to ensure that your respirator is properly fitted. When getting ready Read more [...]

Product of the Week: FlexAir PAPR

Written on Monday, May 11, 2009 The FlexAir PAPR one of the newest product lines by SafetyTech International (STI). SafetyTech is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) products, gas masks, and other respiratory protection products.The FlexAir PAPR System is a compact, lightweight Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) System with a Lifetime Lithium Battery inside the waist mounted blower. Like other PAPR systems, users are protected by having contaminated Read more [...]

Why Choose a PAPR?

Written on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Complete respiratory protection is crucial in any environment where there are hazardous airborne chemicals or particles present. Protection can be achieved by wearing an appropriate face mask and filter system. There are many things to consider when choosing your respiratory protection system. Most importantly, should you use a traditional face mask respirator, or opt for the PAPR? A Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) is a motorized system that uses a filter Read more [...]