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With leading-edge technology, product innovations and groundbreaking research, personal protective equipment (PPE) by 3M is a necessity when hazardous conditions threaten your personal safety. This page contains work safety news about what 3M is doing to help minimize the effects of dangerous hazards in the workplace and to empower safety professionals to protect their world.

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Ebola

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

3M has received a number of inquiries regarding the appropriate respirator recommendations for potential exposures to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (previously referred to as a novel coronavirus (nCoV)). Following are responses to many of the most commonly asked questions. It is important to note this FAQ is not a substitute for the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and your local health authority. Please frequently consult their websites for the most current information and infection control procedures regarding MERS-CoV.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - CDC

Coronavirus Infections - WHO

Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the 3M™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) TR-300 Assembly (PDF, 292KB)

Frequently Asked Questions for Respiratory, Eye and Face Protection and MERS-CoV (PDF, 140KB)

Key Differences Between Respirators and Masks (PDF, 68KB)

Respiratory and Surgical Masks: A Comparison (PDF, 157KB)

Influenza

3M offers a variety of products that can help you decrease your exposure to the influenza virus and the recent H7N9 (Avian Flu) influenza virus. 3M has developed a number of resources and information specific to respirator use in the case of an influenza pandemic or outbreak.

Respiratory Protection for Exposure to Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Virus – Healthcare Workers (PDF, 2.7KB)

Respiratory Protection for Exposures to the A (H7N9) Avian Influenza Virus: General Public FAQ (PDF, 3.7KB)

Respirator use During Seasonal Influenza

Respirators can help reduce exposures to certain airborne diseases, such as Influenza, but cannot eliminate exposure to or the risk of contracting any disease or infection. The respirator is designed to cover your nose and mouth. It can help reduce the number of airborne disease causing organisms (germs) you breathe. However, the respirator cannot eliminate the breathing in of all germs in the air and does not eliminate the possibility of contracting infection, illness, or disease.

3M Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards (PDF, 22KB)

Influenza Related Websites
Respirator use During Influenza Pandemic

Respirators can help reduce exposures to certain airborne diseases, such as H7N9, but cannot eliminate exposure to or the risk of contracting any disease or infection. The respirator is designed to cover your nose and mouth. It can help reduce the number of airborne disease causing organisms (germs) you breathe. However, the respirator cannot eliminate the breathing in of all germs in the air and does not eliminate the possibility of contracting infection, illness, or disease.

Air Pollution

According to the World Health Organization, particulate matter affects more people than any other component of air pollution. Inhalation of these types of particles can cause a variety of possible effects ranging from irritation, infection and discomfort to exacerbation of asthma. Smokers or individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as heart or lung disease, may experience additional or more severe symptoms. Long-term exposure has been associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory disease and even lung cancer.

Respiratory Protection for Exposures to Particulate Air Pollution (PDF, 61KB)

Floods and Hurricanes

Weather conditions can cause significant flooding. Floods offer safety challenges relative to cleaning, remediation, recovery, restoration, and rebuilding of residential and commercial property. Consult 3M's tools and resources for learning more about personal safety in flood hazards and clean-up. Following are a few resources regarding flood hazards and mold clean-up. You can also search other resources for more information, including your local health departments.

Hurricanes: Emergency Preparedeness and Response (CDC)
Floods: Emergency Preparedeness and Response (CDC)
Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods (CDC)
Keeping Workers Safe During Clean Up and Recovery Operations Following Hurricanes (OSHA) (PDF, 355KB)
Keeping Disaster Site Workers Safe During Cleanup and Recovery Operations of Tornadoes (OSHA)
Keeping Disaster Site Workers Safe During Cleanup and Recovery Operations of Floods (OSHA)
3M Technical Data Bulletin: Above the Shoulders PPE for Flood Recovery and Clean-up, Issue No. 184 (PDF, 152KB)
3M JobHealth Highlights: Respiratory Hazards During Hurricane Cleanup (PDF, 284KB)
Q&A from 3M: Potential Hazards and Respiratory Protection After a Hurricane (PDF, 33KB)

Earthquakes

Heat Stress

Excessive exposure to heat can seriously impact worker health, safety and productivity. Accurate measurement of environmental conditions along with use of PPE that can minimize or reduce worker heat load can help reduce the risk of heat strain.

Learn more about Managing Workplace Heat Stress>>

Welding

Manganese Occupational Exposure Limits: There have been recent changes by ACGIH to manganese occupational exposure limits (OEL) which may have an effect on various industries and industrial processes.

OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard
An overview of the Chromium Six (CrVI) standard; Impacts of the New Hex Chrome standard

Welding Hazards Brochure (PDF, 2MB)
A Guide to Understanding Welding Hazards and Safety Equipment

Volcanic Eruptions

Following are a few resources regarding volcanic eruptions. You can also search other resources for more information, including your local health departments.

Volcanic Eruptions: Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC)
3M Technical Data Bulletin: Respiratory and Eye Protection For Volcanic Eruptions, Issue No. 187 (PDF, 90KB)

Wild Fires

Personal protection in the aftermath of a wildfire is an important consideration during the cleanup process. Selection of Personal Safety and Protective Equipment depends on both anticipated hazards and the task to be performed.

Wildfire Safety and Cleanup Information
3M PPE for Exposure to Smoke and Ash (PDF, 89KB)

Oil Spills

Individuals participating in oil spill related activities face a range of work-related hazards. The need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for clean-up and remediation activities is essential. This requirement applies not only to the professional worker, but to volunteers who may be used to help in clean-up activities. PPE products could include respiratory protection, head/eye/face protection products, personal air monitors, and heat stress monitors. Consult with your on-site Industrial Hygienist or Safety Manager to determine the type of PPE needed.

For more information and tools in this area, please see the additional resources below. If you have additional questions about these resources, please call 3M Personal Safety Technical Service at 1-800-243-4630 or Customer Service at 1-800-328-1667.

3M Tech Data Bulletin 195 - Personal Protective Equipment for Oil Spill Response (PDF, 87KB)
3M™ Petroleum Sorbent Products (PDF, 63KB)
BP: Gulf of Mexico Response
EPA: Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NIEHS: Oil Spill Emergency Response and Cleanup
NIOSH: Oil Spill Response Resources
OSHA: Keeping Workers Safe During Oil Spill Response and Cleanup Operations
OSHA: Training Marine Oil Spill Response Workers under OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard

Noise Hazards

As the EPA works to better align Noise Reduction Ratings, 3M offers news updates as changes are made, answers to frequently asked questions, articles as well as an opportunity to pose questions to internal hearing conservation experts.

3M Hearing Protection – NRR Updates
Hearing Conservation Training and Resources
Hear-it AISBL Organization - To Increase Public Awareness of Hearing Impairment
Information on the Safe in Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award
Noise Pollution Clearinghouse

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