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There isn’t a whole lot a person can do if they have severely compromised breathing.
That’s why it’s important for workers to be aware of the quality of the air in their workplace, and if it requires the use of respiratory protection or not. Many trades cause debris and harmful particles to float in the air, making at least minimal respiratory protective equipment a good idea.
About 5 million workers in the U.S. use respirators every day on the job. Some experts say the use of respirators saves as many as 1,600 lives each year and protects workers from at least 4,000 injuries.
Choosing the right respirator isn’t as easy as it looks. There are a number of different factors that go into the choice, including: oxygen content of the air, concentration of dust or fiber, facial fit and workload while wearing respirators.
SafetyNow’s resources help you train workers on the different types of respiratory protection available to them, and why it’s crucial that they keep their lungs safe and healthy.
Protect Your Respiratory System
The air around you keeps you alive. But in certain circumstances, it can cause you serious injury, illness or death.
To stay alive and healthy, you need air which is clean, free of toxic gases and other contaminants, and contains the right amount of oxygen. Most of the time, the air around you at home, on the street and at work fills the bill. But under certain circumstances, the air contains hazardous substances or doesn’t have enough life sustaining oxygen.
Cotton Dust Hazards
Cotton dust contains a variety of contaminants, including plant matter, fibers, bacteria, fungi, soil, pesticides and other non-cotton material. More than 35,000 people have been permanently disabled due to the lung disease byssinosis which comes from excessive exposure to cotton dust fibers.
Carbon Dioxide Dangers
Carbon dioxide, an odorless, colorless gas becomes solid dry ice when cooled to -109° F. When the temperature rises, dry ice does not melt, it sublimes, that is, goes directly from a solid to a gas. This gas is heavier than air, and settles in the breathing zone.
Carbon dioxide is hazardous. At 1.5% by volume, it displaces oxygen in air. Those who are exposed to this level may die from asphyxiation. This hazard is increased when CO2 sublimes in an enclosed or confined space that traps the gas because it has poor ventilation. Confined spaces are those which a worker may enter with his entire body to perform his work, have restricted means of entry or exit, and are designed only for limited, not continuous occupancy.
Break The Mold To Save Your Breath
Respiratory hazards in the workplace are often chemical vapors or toxic gases, but the air you breathe can also carry biological hazards – viruses, dusts, bacteria and spores – that can make you sick.
While anthrax concerns have increased public awareness of respiratory biological hazards, there are many other common biological agents affecting workers every day.
This safety talk will discuss a few of these hazards. What you need to do with this information is find out if there are biological respiratory hazards in your workplace, and learn how to protect yourself.
Ventilation for Safety
There are a number of health and safety hazards that can be caused by poor ventilation. In the simplest case, poor general air circulation can cause the work area to become uncomfortable. When this happens, workers begin to complain of headaches, odors, stinging eyes and tiredness. In some workplaces, lack of proper ventilation can also mean a lack of control of dusts, gases and particulates. A buildup of particulates or gases can result in a fire or explosion hazard. A buildup of contaminants may also result in a variety of illnesses in the workplace. For example, some materials may cause skin rashes and dermatitis. Some contaminants may also be hazardous when inhaled, leading to long-term injury and illness in employees, including lung and heart problems.
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Respiratory Protection Safety Video
Sometimes it is difficult to respect a hazard you can’t see or one that may take years to affect you. Respirators can provide protection, but only if they are worn and used properly. Respiratory Protection creates an awareness and respect for the hazards by demonstrating with highly effective 3-D graphics how the respiratory system works and the effects of different airborne hazards. The program covers proper use, care and maintenance of air-purifying respirators and the importance of proper selection and fit. Respiratory Protection will educate and motivate your worker on when and how to properly use their air-purifying respirator.
Asbestos Awareness Safety Video
Educates employees about the dangers of working with materials that may contain asbestos. Topics include: Hazards of Asbestos, OSHA’s Asbestos Standard, Composition and Nature of Asbestos, Types and Locations of Materials That May Contain Asbestos, How to Protect Yourself, Air Monitoring and Decontamination.
Toxic Mold: The Facts Safety Video
Toxic mold is a problem making headlines everywhere. It can cause allergic reactions or even serious illnesses if not properly handled. This video takes the mystery out of this sensitive subject and informs viewers of exactly what toxic mold is, the hazards involved, and some possible solutions.
N95 Respirators - Preventing Airborne Disease Transmission
Working in a medical care facility may be rewarding, but it can also involve certain risks. For example, caring for people infected with communicable diseases puts healthcare workers at greater risk of catching these diseases. This course is designed to give healthcare workers the skills to protect themselves from airborne diseases by using an N95 respirator. Learners who successfully complete this course will display the ability to recognize the purposes and proper use of N95 respirators in a healthcare setting. This course is designed for healthcare workers who may be exposed to various airborne illnesses at work, and can assist employers in meeting OSHA’s requirements on respiratory protection.
Many work environments can involve airborne particles that could be hazardous if inhaled. Airborne viruses, hazardous chemical fumes, and even some types of dust particles can cause injury or illness if workers breathe them in. If the atmosphere becomes hazardous to breathe, employees may require respiratory protection. Learners who successfully complete this course will demonstrate knowledge of the basics of respiratory protection and how to use it on the job. Employees will learn about potential inhalation hazards, the different respirator types and their uses, how to fit test a respirator mask, and respirator care and maintenance. This course is designed for general industry employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to wear respiratory protection, and is intended to assist the employer in meeting OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be additional site-specific training components, hands-on training, and health testing required that must be fulfilled by an employer. This course is presented in English and Spanish.
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