Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Hazards and PPE Solutions

3M PPE solutions for primary pharmaceutical manufacturing applications, including API handling, cleaning and disinfecting, and confined spaces. Our products are designed to help protect workers from a variety of hazards such as chemical exposure, respiratory risks and noise.

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Managing chemical hazards and exposure risks safely

3M understands the unique challenges of protecting workers and ensuring your product quality during complex manufacturing processes. We work closely with customers and regulatory and standards groups around the world to develop innovative safety solutions tailored to your specific needs.

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PPE information for primary pharmaceutical manufacturing application hazards

3M offers specialized PPE products, industry knowledge, and technical expertise to support applications for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

  • video: Intro to 3M PPE for protection in your OEB approach
    Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Handling

    Highly Potent APIs have low dose response, requiring strict exposure control and worker protection with PPE. Below are three 3M resources designed to help you select PPE.

  • video: Why OEL and VHR are better together
    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Cleaning/disinfecting chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing may pose hazards, requiring exposure controls, like PPE, for worker safety. Here are three 3M resources to help you choose your PPE.

  • video: intorduction to 3M PPE for confined spaces
    Confined Space Entry

    Confined space systems aid in entry to reactors and vessels. Below are three resources to help you select a 3M confined space system for your site.

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Select and shop 3M PPE for pharmaceutical manufacturing

Online educational courses | Safety basics in pharmaceutical manufacturing

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    Introduction to hazards and PPE selection

    In part one of this two part webinar, Kathy Thompson, Certified Industrial Hygienist with 3M Personal Safety Divison, will introduce safety and health basic understanding of hazards and PPE. This 15 minute presentation will review:

    • overview of chemical hazard determination & identifying hazardous chemicals
    • deeper dive into safety data sheets
    • connect hazard information to PPE
    • introduction to key regulations for PPE selection


    OELs, OEBs and exposure assessment process

    In part two of this two part webinar, Kathy Thompson, Certified Industrial Hygienist with 3M Personal Safety Divison, will review fundamentals of conducting exposure assessments. This 15 minute presentation will review:

    • overview of occupation exposure limits (OELs)
    • review elements of occupational exposure banding (OEB), also known as control banding
    • process considerations for exposure assessment
    • apply learnings in pharmaceutical chemical example