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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.