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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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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 167 KB]

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

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 106 KB]

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.

3M Influenza Related Products

Infection Control - Disinfectant Cleaners
3M disinfectant cleaners keep health care facilities clean and healthy

Health Care Respirators
3M™ Healthcare Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask is NIOSH-approved as a Type N95 respirator

Disposable Respirators
3M has been a pioneer in the maintenance free particulate respirator product category

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.

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Floods and Hurricanes

Recent U.S. weather conditions have caused some of the most significant flooding experienced in recent history. These 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.

Hurricane and Flood Recovery (CDC)
Floods (CDC)
Mold After a Disaster (CDC)
Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods (CDC)
3M Technical Data Bulletin: Above the Shoulders PPE for Flood Recovery and Clean-up, Issue No. 184 [PDF 72 KB]
3M JobHealth Highlights: Respiratory Hazards During Hurricane Cleanup [PDF 306 KB]
Q&A: Potential Hazards and Respiratory Protection After a Hurricane [PDF 33 KB]
Keeping Workers Safe During Clean Up and Recovery Operations Following Hurricanes (OSHA)
Floods and Tornadoes: Keeping Disaster Site Workers Safe During Cleanup and Recovery Operations (OSHA)
Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods (CDC) (PDF, XXK)
Exposure to Mold in Buildings Flooded After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (CDC) [PDF 156 KB]

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.

3M Topics in Welding Health and Safety 2008 [Webstream 38 Min]

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

Welding Hazards Brochure [PDF 2 MB]
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: What you should know - CDC
Key Facts About Protecting Yourself During a Volcanic Eruption (CDC) [PDF 91 KB]
3M Technical Data Bulletin: Respiratory and Eye Protection For Volcanic Eruptions, Issue No. 187 [PDF 90 KB]

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.

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Personal Protective Equipment for Exposure to Smoke and Ash

Oil Spills

In response to the oil spill clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico, 3M has recently seen an increase in requests for sorbents and select other personal protective equipment.

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 OH&ESD 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 87 KB]

3M™ Petroleum Sorbent Products [PDF 63 KB]

The following are a few of the resources available regarding oil spill response.

BP: Gulf of Mexico Response
CDC/OSHA: Reducing Occupational Exposures while Working with Dispersants During the Gulf Oil Spill Response [PDF 87 KB]
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, a new website, www.NRRUpdate.com 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.

www.NRRUpdate.com
Employee Hearing Conservation training Materials
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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