Respiratory Protection Blog
Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

by Wendy LoomisOccupational Health Account Manager OSHA requires employers to administer annual medical clearances and an approved fit test to ensure their employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants. Annual testing is a 2-step process that entails: Respirator Medical...

Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

Do You Have an Annual Respiratory Protection Initiative?

by Wendy LoomisOccupational Health Account Manager The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to administer annual medical clearances and an approved fit test to ensure their employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants. Annual testing is a...

2022 Respiratory Protection Week is September 6th – 9th

2022 Respiratory Protection Week is September 6th – 9th

by Wendy LoomisOccupational Health Account Manager Ensuring that employees are protected from inhaling harmful contaminants requires annual medical clearance and testing to meet OSHA standards.  Annual testing is a 2-step process that entails: Respirator Medical Clearance – Each...

The Season of Lungs

The Season of Lungs

Have you ever wondered why there is an increased focus on lung health in the fall? The answer is not as arbitrary as you may think. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the Five Element Theory, which comprises of our connection to nature, also includes our organs. Within the...

Practices for Respiratory Protection-ANSI Z88.2

Practices for Respiratory Protection-ANSI Z88.2

ANSI Z88.2, “Practices for Respiratory Protection,” was released in March 2015.  This new edition has been in the works for some time, as the previous 1992 Edition was withdrawn in 2002.   Respirators are devices used to protect people from the inhalation of harmful air contaminants in...

Common Misconceptions Regarding the OSHA Respirator Standard

Common Misconceptions Regarding the OSHA Respirator Standard

Throughout the course of my occupational health career, I have come across many myths and misconceptions.  Below are some common misconceptions regarding the OSHA respirator standard (29 CFR 1910.134) I have encountered during my time managing respiratory protection programs. A medical...

Mesothelioma – Part II: What Is It and Are You at Risk?

Mesothelioma – Part II: What Is It and Are You at Risk?

This is Part II of our 2 Part Series on Mesothelioma. In Part I, we answered why there are so many mesothelioma commercials on TV.  In Part II, we will address what is mesothelioma and are you at risk. Mesothelioma is a disease caused exclusively by exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos is a...

Why Are There So Many Mesothelioma Commercials on TV?

Why Are There So Many Mesothelioma Commercials on TV?

This is Part 1 of our 2 Part Series on Mesothelioma. Well, the short answer is asbestos litigation is big business for lawyers and will not decline in the near future.  As of 2013, $30 billion was set aside in the Asbestos Trust Fund by companies that manufactured asbestos products and...