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What Do Your Employees Know About Respiratory Protection?

Posted by Marty Huseman on Oct 25, 2019

It's time to talk about respiratory protection

When it comes to your health, have you ever thought, "I wish someone would've warned me about this a long time ago?" Don't let this happen to your employees. 

Most respiratory protection isn't mandated, and employees may not know enough to protect themselvesIt's the responsibility of a business to educate their employees, so they can take responsibility for their health and make informed decisions that will protect their health now and in the future. If you as an employer fail to educate in the first place, employees will pay a health price long term.

That’s why the topic of non-mandated respiratory protection is so important. In particular, the voluntary use of a disposable particulate dusk mask, also referred to as filtering face piece, mechanical filter or particulate respirator.   

 

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Topics: air/respiratory, non-mandated respiratory protection, respiratory protection, PAPR, dual cartridge respirator, respirable dust, respirators, N95 disposable respirator, half mask respirator, powered air purifying respirator

Grain Dust Exposure: Act Now

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 17, 2019

Do you dread the dust from harvest? Do you end up feeling stuffed up, with a runny nose, a cough, and generally crappy? 

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Topics: harvest, air/respiratory

Non-Mandatory Respiratory Protection - What Do Employees Know?

Posted by Marty Huseman on Dec 7, 2017

When employees are not mandated to wear respiratory protection, do they know enough to protect themselves?  It’s one thing to make decisions for yourself when you have a good knowledge base. It's another thing to be unaware. Have you ever been in a position where you thought to yourself, “I wish someone would’ve told me about this a long time ago?” 

That’s where this blog comes into play concerning non-mandated respiratory protection. In particular, the voluntary use of a disposable particulate dusk mask, also referred to as filtering facepiece, mechanical filter or particulate respirator

As a HR director, you want your employees to be armed with good information about respiratory protection, so they can make good decisions regarding their health.  When you educate and train employees they can be fully responsible for their actions.  When employees are unaware of health hazards and they lose their health, they’ll feel they’ve been done WRONG!

Let’s look at 6 key pieces of information that are vital for you as the HR director to educate and train on, so you are responsible for doing your employees RIGHT!

You can find the above selection guide on the AgriSafe Network website.

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Topics: air/respiratory

Respiratory Health: Harvest Dust Management

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 28, 2017

Are you dreading breathing in dust this harvest season?  The way it makes you feel crappy, stuffed up, having a runny nose, a cough and affecting your overall health?  It’s certainly understandable.

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Topics: harvest, air/respiratory

Farm Safety Tips: Respiratory Protection and Keeping You Safe

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 27, 2017

Ah, the great outdoors—crisp, clean air and the refreshing smell of morning dew! Yes, this is just one of the reasons many of us really love farming. On the other hand, does farming generate hazards for our respiratory systems?  Not only is the answer a resounding “yes,” but some of the most treacherous respiratory dangers are actually unique to farming.

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Topics: air/respiratory, agriculture, chemicals

Agriculture Safety Training and Respiratory Protection Equipment.

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 30, 2016

A farm—like any other industrial workplace—has its fair share of respiratory hazards that place employees at risk. Some agriculture safety hazards, primarily when transferring or mixing chemicals, involve exposure to dangerous gases, while others, such as grain bins, feed mills, livestock areas or confined spaces with poor ventilation, represent hazards that can naturally cause serious breathing difficulties.

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Topics: air/respiratory, agriculture, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Farm Safety Tips: Respiratory Protection and Keeping You Safe!

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 12, 2016

Ah, the great outdoors—crisp, clean air and the refreshing smell of morning dew! Yes, this is just one of the reasons many of us really love farming. On the other hand, does farming generate  hazards for our respiratory systems? Not only is the answer a resounding “yes,” but some of the most treacherous respiratory dangers are actually unique to farming.

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Topics: air/respiratory, agriculture

Personal Protective Equipment 101: Manure Pits

Posted by Good Day's Work on Mar 3, 2016

Manure pits have become an increasingly necessary part of many agriculture and livestock operations. But manure storage comes with its own set of risks and hazards, like build-up of toxic gases, drowning, and engulfment. Every year numerous death and injury reports are recorded involving manure pits. Even more tragically, many of these reports involve multiple fatalities of family members and friends trying to rescue one or more victims.

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Topics: confined spaces, air/respiratory, manure pit, personal protective equipment (PPE)

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