Case Study – The Result of Unprotected Use of Organic Solvents

exclamation diamond over a can of brake parts cleaner with organic solvents

Failing to stay protected whilst using hazardous substances, like organic solvents, is not only a risk to personal health, but can also be detrimental to the business operations and the reputation of the company itself. On July 29th, 2019, a young apprentice at a marine engineering firm had his life turned upside down from working […]

7 Fast Facts – Respiratory Protection Factors

The protection factor of a respirator or class of respirators is the minimum level of protection the wearer can expect. For example, a half mask with particulate filters has a protection factor of 10 so it will offer at least 10 times the protection compared with not wearing a mask. AS/NZS 1715:2009 defines Protection Factor […]

7 Fast Facts – Respiratory Fit Testing

Fit testing is a requirement of the AS/NZS standard. There are two types of tests. A quantitative test measures the amount of particulates inside the mask compared with the outside the mask, while a qualitative relies on the test subject smelling or tasting a chemical while wearing the respirator. You’re unlikely to pass a fit […]

Asbestos Awareness Week

Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen, and all forms of asbestos can cause cancer – Ministry of Health. Asbestos was widely used in commercial and residential properties throughout the 20th century, before its negative impact on the human body, and in particular, the respiratory system was recognised. Asbestos causes cancer in a dose-dependent manner. The […]