What is the Difference Between a Qualitative and a Quantitative Fit Test?

Learn more about the science of these U.S. OSHA-approved tests for fit testing of different types of respiratory protection.

What to Consider Before Purchasing a “Refurbished” SCBA

When contemplating the purchase of new SCBA, it is important to understand the compliance implications of purchasing “refurbished” SCBA from a supplier not authorized by its manufacturer.

What You Can Do To Help Reduce Silica Dust Hazards

Workers should consider what tools they can use, respiratory protection, and other hygiene practices they should employ to help protect themselves from crystalline silica.

Why Choose NFPA 1986 Compliant Respiratory Protection Equipment for Law Enforcement?

The NFPA 1986 SCBA standard was specifically designed for emergency services personnel engaged in tactical operations, disaster response, crime scene investigation, clandestine drug lab clean-up, and other response and or recovery situations that may expose them to CBRN hazards and/or could be immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH).

Why Do Disposable Respirators Have a Defined Shelf Life?

If you’re responsible for managing inventories of personal protection equipment, you should be aware that most disposable respirators have a limited shelf life, after which they should no longer be used.

Why is NIOSH Certification of Respiratory Protection Important?

respirator assembly after the respirator has been evaluated in the laboratory and found to comply with all requirements of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84, and after the manufacturer’s quality plan is determined to be satisfactory.

Why Metal-Detectable Earplugs Can be Important in Food Manufacturing

Metal-detectable earplugs can help food-processing facilities quickly identify any food that has been contaminated by an earplug or cord.

Why Pick a PAPR?

Respiratory protection is a necessary part of many jobs throughout many different types of industries. Although there may be a higher capital expenditure when choosing to implement PAPRs into an employers’ respiratory protection program, this expense may be justified.

Women Firefighters for the Future

Learn more about issues women face in the firefighting industry, the benefits of having a more inclusive workforce, and what is being done to attract more women to this important field.