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Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There are two questions you need to ask yourself when you choose PPE: is it adequate and is it suitable? By adequate, we mean is it capable of reducing the wearer’s exposure to a skin hazard to a suitable level? By suitable, we mean is it appropriate for the task, the wearer and the environment … Continue reading Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

We’ve compiled this brief Q&A to emphasise the importance of, and the differences between, fit checking and fit testing, enabling you and your employees to safely use respirators while knowing how responsibility is shared. What types of respirators need to be fit tested and fit checked? Any tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) – disposable respirators, … Continue reading Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

How dangerous is it to be exposed to silica dust? The health effects of long term exposure to respirable crystalline silica are well documented and include silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and lung cancer. The level of risk depends on the amount of exposure which is determined mainly by the materials and work methods … Continue reading Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is costing us all around £65 million a year* and has serious health consequences for many. In this blog post, the last in a series of four written by Sarah Broadbent from 3M’s Technical Service team, Sarah takes a look at some of the steps you can take to … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment can have serious consequences for the individuals involved, the companies and society as a whole. In this, the third in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, gives us an idea of the sheer scale of this problem. Let’s start with a couple of … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough just to provide your workforce with suitable Personal Protective Equipment – you also need to ensure they’re always wearing it when required. In this, the second in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, explores the various reasons why employees put their health at risk. There are all … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance