Go Ahead, Welders: Embrace Movember

You’ll work smarter, not harder — and you can keep your several styles of facial hair while doing it. So go ahead and join the Movember movement. It’s a great cause and shows solidarity for men’s health worldwide!

The Difference Between Medical Evaluation and Fit Testing

While poor fitting gloves are an inconvenience, a poor fitting respirator is much more. If a tight-fitting respirator doesn’t fit right, it is not just a matter of comfort or convenience – it will not create a proper seal and puts your health at risk.

Importance of Respirator Fit

A good fit means the respirator will seal to your skin. A respirator can only work when air passes through the filter. Air will take the path of least resistance, so if the seal isn’t there, the air will go around rather than through the respirator – and therefore lessen the protection.

3M and the Science of Fit Testing

3M has been applying fit test science to respirator wearers’ life for years. We even pioneered the creation of the saccharin qualitative fit test protocol – the first qualitative fit test for filtering facepiece respirators based on taste of a test agent.