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Are N95 Masks Reusable?
Mar 30th 2020

Are N95 Masks Reusable?

The recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has created a lot of changes to how daily lives are lived and medical personnel perform their jobs. The shortage of N95 respirators has happened before (SARS, MERS, etc.), just not on this scale. The CDC does not recommend that the general public wears N95 respirators as protection from COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases: the best way to prevent il … read more
 What are the Best Resources for Small Businesses Responding to Coronavirus?
Mar 27th 2020

What are the Best Resources for Small Businesses Responding to Coronavirus?

The 2019 outbreak of Coronavirus has changed the way we live our daily lives. These changes definitely affect businesses—everything from travel to in-person interactions has changed to prevent further virus transmission. It’s important for businesses of all sizes to know how to respond to the virus as soon as possible: here are some of the best and most up-to-date online resources for small busine … read more
What Do N95 and P100 Respirator Ratings Mean?
Mar 2nd 2020

What Do N95 and P100 Respirator Ratings Mean?

If you and your team need to wear respirators on the job, it helps to have a means of comparing the relative protection between different respirators and filters. These ratings are designed to help protect you and your workers from different sets of airborne hazards. Sawdust and particles containing asbestos fibers are not the same. Neither should we use the same filter. If you use the wrong type … read more
Respiratory Basics: N95 vs P100
Feb 4th 2020

Respiratory Basics: N95 vs P100

For a lot of job sites, safety masks and respirators are an essential piece of PPE. The lungs are delicate, important organs that are hard to repair if they get damaged, and inhaling the wrong chemical can have devastating effects on other areas of the body as well. Protect yourself from invisible airborne particles by investing in a respirator or mask suited to your job.How Masks and Respirato … read more
Which Respirators Protect Against Mold and Asbestos?
Jan 2nd 2020

Which Respirators Protect Against Mold and Asbestos?

Exposure to mold and asbestos can wreak havoc on your health. Encountering these substances can lead to a range of health concerns. Breathing in asbestos can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, while exposure to mold can lead to throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing and other respiratory issues, and skin irritation.As an employer or someone at risk of encounte … read more
What Is the Proper Way to Size a Respirator?
Dec 10th 2019

What Is the Proper Way to Size a Respirator?

Respirators are designed to protect you from all sorts of potential airborne hazards, including lead and silica dust, mold, asbestos, and toxic gases. But a respirator mask won’t protect you from these hazards if it doesn’t fit your face properly. If there is any distance between the mask and the sides of your face, these toxins and hazards could easily slip inside the face mask.Exposure to these … read more
New Wildfire Emergency Regulations Issued by the CAL/OSHA
Nov 12th 2019

New Wildfire Emergency Regulations Issued by the CAL/OSHA

Wildfires continue to wreak havoc throughout California and beyond. In response to the latest round of wildfires, California and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have enacted an emergency regulation that’s meant to protect outdoor workers from potentially dangerous wildfire smoke. It’s not just firefighters who have to worry about breathing in various toxins and smoke. Gard … read more
Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?
Oct 31st 2019

Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?

It’s almost No Shave November, or Movember as it’s often called, and that means many of your male employees may be sporting facial hair in the weeks to come. Some of your employees may already have thick beards and mustaches, but all that extra hair can be a hazard for those that need to wear respirators on the job, including those that work in construction, mining, and manufacturing. Your employe … read more
What Is the Best Mask for Wildfire Smoke?
Jul 10th 2019

What Is the Best Mask for Wildfire Smoke?

As the AB1124 California Bill goes into effect, we’re taking a moment to talk about what employers should look for in a respirator or face mask. The bill requires employers to provide N95 rated respirators (at a minimum) to all their employees working outdoors during a wildfire. Wildfire smoke can irritate a person’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, and it can cause cancer, heart disease and even le … read more
California State Assembly Bill AB1124
Jul 10th 2019

California State Assembly Bill AB1124

California has just passed a new bill that would require employers in the state to provide their workers with respirators during a wildfire while working outdoors. This comes after California experienced one of the worst years on record for wildfires, endangering residents and workers throughout the state. Wildfire smoke is full of dangerous toxins that can reduce lung function, cause cancer, incr … read more
How to Stay Safe During and After Wildfires
Dec 20th 2017

How to Stay Safe During and After Wildfires

California has a history of wildfires caused by windstorms blowing trees into power lines. This year, multiple wind-driven wildfires moving through California have affected thousands of people living and working in the area. For example, the most recent Thomas fire has burned 270,500 acres. It's only about 60% contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire threat is still in effect in Ventura an … read more
Northern California Wildfires: How to Protect Yourself From Smoke and Poor Air Quality
Oct 13th 2017

Northern California Wildfires: How to Protect Yourself From Smoke and Poor Air Quality

The death toll from wildfires ravaging across Northern California has reached 23, and hundreds are reported missing. According to CNN, the director of Cal Fire, Ken Pimlott, expects the number of homes and businesses that have been destroyed to rise significantly from 3,500. 8,000 firefighters battling 22 small and large fires are challenged by low humidity and windy conditions … read more