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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. We try to minimize the effects of dangerous hazards in the workplace and to empower safety professionals to protect their world.

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From classes that cover common specific hazards—such as respiratory issues, noise hazards, welding or falls—to roadshows where you can see product demonstrations, OHS conferences and more, we can provide resources to help empower you to mitigate risks to your workers.

  • Influenza (Flu) Virus Information and Personal Protective Equipment

    There are three types of influenza that affect individuals, healthcare providers, schools and businesses - Seasonal, Pandemic and/or Zoonotic. Check out our resources on the subjects.

  • Hurricane and Flood Hazards

    Weather conditions can cause significant flooding. Hurricanes and 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 and clean-up in hurricane and flood hazards.

    Additional Resources:

    How to protect yourself properly during hurricane cleanup

    Choosing the right respirator for hurricane cleanup efforts

  • Tornado and Earthquake Hazards

    Tornadoes and earthquakes present both common hazards and those unique to each type of natural disaster. Both can present logistical challenges affecting initial response and recovery. These may include loss of electrical power, poor communication capabilities and interrupted or compromised water supply. Addressing these needs quickly will facilitate response efforts and the ability to protect the health and safety of victims and response workers.

  • Respirable Crystalline Silica Hazard

    OSHA has issued a final rule (March 2016, OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Regulation – 29 CFR 1926.1153) for America’s workers, limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a substance OSHA has stated can increase the risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer and kidney disease.


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  1. Air Pollution
  2. Earthquakes
  3. Volcanic Eruptions
  4. Wild Fires
  5. Ebola
  6. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  7. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  8. Heat Stress
  9. Oil Spills
  10. Noise Hazards
  11. Silica
  12. Beryllium
  • April 10, 2018

    Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)

    See information on personal protective equipment for potential exposures to Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever).

    04/10/2018 Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)
  • March 09, 2016

    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.

    03/09/2016 Hazards - Environmental Air Pollution Air Pollution
  • September 20, 2017

    Tornado and Earthquake Hazards

    Tornadoes and earthquakes present both common hazards. Both can present logistical challenges affecting initial response and recovery. Click here for tornado and earthquake emergency and response preparedness resources from 3M, NIOSH, OSHA and the CDC.

    09/20/2017 Hazards - Environmental Earthquakes Tornado and Earthquake Hazards
  • May 21, 2018

    Volcanic Eruptions

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

    05/21/2018 Hazards - Environmental Volcanic Eruptions Volcanic Eruptions
  • Wild Fires

    Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the aftermath of a wildfire is a critical component in the safe cleanup of fire debris.

    December 1, 1901 Hazards - Environmental Wild Fires Wild Fires
  • May 30, 2018

    Ebola

    See information on personal protective equipment for potential exposures to Ebola virus disease (EVD).

    05/30/2018 Hazards - Health & Diseases Ebola Ebola
  • November 20, 2015

    Respiratory Protection for Exposures to the 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)).

    11/20/2015 Hazards - Health & Diseases Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Respiratory Protection for Exposures to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  • June 17, 2016

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

    Following potential exposure to coronaviruses such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

    06/17/2016 Hazards - Health & Diseases Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the 3M™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) TR-300 Assembly
  • June 17, 2016

    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.

    06/17/2016 Hazards - Workplace Risks,Hazards - Health & Diseases Heat Stress Heat Stress
  • September 18, 2016

    Manganese Occupational Exposure Limits

    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.

    09/18/2016 Manganese Occupational Exposure Limits
  • June 17, 2016

    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.

    06/17/2016 Hazards - Workplace Risks,Hazards - Environmental Oil Spills Oil Spills
  • November 09, 2015

    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.

    11/09/2015 Hazards - Workplace Risks Noise Hazards Noise Hazards
  • Occupational Exposure to Silica (General Industry and Maritime 29 CFR 1910.1053) (PDF, 458.09 KB)

    On March 25, 2016, OSHA issued two new final rules in the Federal Register, 81 Fed. Reg. 16285-16890 (2016) regulating exposure to respirable crystalline silica: one for general industry and maritime and the other for the construction industry. This regulation update discusses the final rule for general industry and maritime.

    December 1, 1901 Hazards - Workplace Risks Silica Occupational Exposure to Silica (General Industry and Maritime 29 CFR 1910.1053) (PDF, 458.09 KB)
  • Regulation Summary: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium-Final Rule (PDF, 306.19 KB)

    On January 9, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule for Beryllium and beryllium compounds. According to OSHA, the evidence in the record for this rule-making indicates that workers exposed to beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer.

    December 1, 1901 Hazards - Workplace Risks Beryllium Regulation Summary: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium-Final Rule (PDF, 306.19 KB)
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