News

Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards from 3M

Posted by Ron Berkes on

Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards from 3M

Technical Data Bulletin from 3M Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards Abstract Diseases can be transmitted via many routes, including inhalation of aerosols. When properly fitted, selected, used, and maintained, particulate-removing respirators have been demonstrated to reduce the amount of aerosols – both bioaerosols and non-biological aerosols – that are inhaled by the wearer. In contrast, most surgical masks are not designed to seal tightly to the face, and research has shown that they do not achieve the level of contaminant reduction provided by a certified respirator that is used correctly. Although questions have been raised as to whether...

Read more →

N95 Respirators Not for Use by the Public

Posted by Ronald Berkes on

N95 Respirators Not for Use by the Public

N95 Respirators Not for Use by the Public The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions, such as hand washing, to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. For the general American public, there is no added health benefit to wear a respiratory protective device (such as an N95 respirator), and the immediate health risk from COVID-19...

Read more →