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Week of May 20, 2019

When it comes to understanding body armor there can be confusion over which type of body armor protects against which type of ammunition.  Understanding the NIJ 0101.06 armor protection levels is clearly explained.  The term "Bullet Proof" is a widely used term that is inaccurate and paints a picture that it cannot be penetrated.  Any body armor has the potential to be penetrated.  There are various levels of protection that must be adhered to in the law enforcement world.  The (Justice Technology Information Center) JTIC Understanding NIJ 0101.06 Armor Protection Levels is a snapshot of the projectile threats and classification of body armor related to these threats.  Here is NIJ complete info on Body Armor

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Respirator Equipment

Respiratory Protection begins with a respiratory protection program which protects workers against all types of dangerous vapors, substances and particles.

The industrial environment dictates the type of respirator and respirator cartridges needed to protect worker's lungs and/or face.  An effective respirator has to fit comfortably with a secure seal and not allow the tiniest particles to enter the breathing area inside the respirators mask. Respirators, surgical masks, n-95 respirators, supplied-air respirators, PAPR, CBRN should keep breathing resistance to a minimum.

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Respirators and their cartridges should be NIOSH-approved and should be specific to the breathing danger.  A change-out schedule of the respiratory cartridges must be implemented by a qualified professional unless the canister or respiratory cartridge has an end-of-life indicator.  The change-out schedule should take into consideration the work practices and conditions.  Disposable particulate respirators should also protect against airborne particles and ensure a secure seal and comfortable fit.                             
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