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Week of April 22, 2019

Drones for military use are an effective means of surveilance of an area that is unsafe and also a great way to avoid casualties.  When it comes to OSHA, the use of drones is becoming more of a reality!  Initially they were being used following worksite accidents and for areas that were considered too dangerous to enter.  But now it is becoming an efficient way to scope out a facility for inspection.  Currently OSHA can only use drones when it is agreed to by the employer.  There is a fine line that OSHA or any organization should not cross so that its trade secrets cannot be compromised.  Unless an emergency warrants the use of a drone or an employer agrees to the use of a drone during an inspection, then that strategy should be acceptable.  Drone use is going to increase dramatically in the very near future.  It just depends on how far the reach goes.  When used as a helpful tool to help save lives and used as the first line of access to a hazardous situation, it can only benefit everyone.  But there needs to be a rules so that rights are not violated.  Read more in EHS Today about OSHA Drones.

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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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