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Breathing Apparatus Articles

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Airborne Carcinogens

Life is very valuable. No one can promise you a longer life, but someone or something can help you live healthier with a lower possibility of becoming ill.

Death by Dust

Mention health and safety in, say, construction or aggregates and many of you would no doubt think of accident prevention. It is understandable – accidents are immediate, often devastating in their impact and can bring progress to a halt on important projects.

Confined Spaces

From gas detection to breathing apparatus, Gary Watts looks at the essential equipment to keep workers, and rescuers, safe in confined spaces.

RPE or RIP

The world is full of airborne contaminants. The human body comes factory-fitted with its own basic respiratory protection - we trap and clear dust and fibres in a matter of hours from our lungs.

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Airborne Asbestos

Breathe Safe

Confined Space Working

Constructing Clean Air

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Breathtaking Situations

Gas Detection Past and Present

Make Room to Breathe Easy

Keep Ahead of Safety

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Dirty Work in Clean Hospitals

Welding Safety

Respirators Help Workers Breathe Easy

2012-11-22 EHS News: The burden of respiratory illness in the world today is a drain on both patients and healthcare systems. Respiratory disorders are a major cause of death and disability for many people. The results a

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Where extreme respiratory risks might be encountered, such as the possible presence of an irrespirable atmosphere, recourse is often necessary to the use of breathing apparatus (BA). In some such situations, breathing air is supplied via an airline rather than carried in a cylinder as a compressed gas. This has the obvious advantage that there is no need for the weight and bulk of the cylinder but, equally obviously, the disadvantage that the wearer is tethered by the airline which has to be dragged around the working area to allow a degree of mobility.

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Life Preserving RPE

David Lummis, CEO of the British Safety Industry Federation, discusses the importance of correctly fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment, the factors to take into account when selecting such equipment and UK initiatives that have been set up to help tackle these issues.

Confined Space Safety

POSSIBLE HAZARDS IN CONFINED SPACES According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), a confined space is defined by three conditions: 1. It has limited openings for entry and exit 2. It has unfavourable natural ventilation which could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants 3. It is not intended for continuous employee occupancy Confined spaces exist in many different industries and work environments including building construction, water and wastewater treatment and delivery, and agriculture. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, storage tanks, pits, wells, vats, manholes, tunnels, underground utility vaults, sewers, and grain silos.

Challenges of PPE

In many workplaces, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used, either as the only form of protection or as an additional line of protection to supplement other approaches. Few health and safety professionals would argue against using other precautions, aimed at preventing hazards or reducing risks at source, as first choice. Those professionals would, however, readily admit that such measures will seldom completely remove a risk and that PPE will continue to have a role to play in occupational safety and health.

Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

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BA Instructor’s View

For the last 13 years I have been training personnel in the use of breathing apparatus and wanted to take this opportunity to express some thoughts I’ve had over the years regarding breathing apparatus.

Face Fit Testing

This article reviews UK practices and improvements made by stakeholder bodies supported by the Health and Safety Executive - including a professionally recognised accreditation scheme which aims to ensure the competency of fit test providers.
While legislation to protect workers included in OSA’s demographics is emerging, consistent regulations have yet to be established. Citing the quite specific experience of UK health and safety practitioners will give Asian readers an idea not only of how lengthy the process of creating coherent safeguards for workers has been, but will also give them insights into the many nuances and subtle distinctions the various elements of legislation embrace, plus the support systems that have developed in terms of legislative enforcement.

Respiratory Protective Equipment [May 2011]

It is a sad fact that thousands of workers develop lung problems and cancer each year as a result of breathing in harmful quantities of dust, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work. Where toxic substances are present in the workplace and engineering controls are inadequate to reduce or eliminate them, the supply and use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is necessary.

Respiratory Protective Equipment [March 2011]

Many workers are employed in jobs where they are potentially exposed to respiratory hazards. For example, it has been estimated that in the UK alone, about 5.5 million employees could be at risk. Exposure to respiratory hazards can cause ill health or even result in fatal diseases. The risk is not always to the lungs and respiratory passages. Substances that are toxic to other parts of the body can also enter the body via the lungs.

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Respiratory Protection [December 2010]

With all the new products being developed, and chemicals being mixed to make those products, sometimes just one breath of a toxic fume could do some permanent damage to you, if not death.

SCBA - An Overview - Breathing Apparatus for emergency and industrial situations

PPE is normally classified as either simple or complex in design - this is not a statement that I have ever particularly agreed with. In my mind, whatever PPE being used, it either offers the wearer protection or it does not - it’s really simple. In fact the whole aspect of personal protective equipment is simple: it either protects you or it doesn’t.

Respiratory Protection - Breathing Air for Life

An airborne contaminant is any type of material or gas that does not normally occur in the natural ambient atmosphere. Unlike other types of hazards in the workplace, airborne contaminants are often overlooked because of their small size and ubiquitous nature.

Face Fit Testing

Although workplace legislation and Health and Safety practices vary from country to country, some technical aspects of respirator fitting are fairly consistent. This article highlights UK practices, which may also apply to other countries throughout the world.

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Confined Spaces - Making Confined Spaces Safe

From a health and safety point of view, work in confined spaces is regarded as being particularly hazardous and must be strictly controlled in order to minimise risk. However, if risk is to be adequately controlled it is first necessary to set down a definition of the term ‘confined space’ that can be used to identify the tasks involved in this style of working.

Filtrating Respiratory Protection Devices - tools against hazardous particles

Respiratory protective devices provide protection against different types of air contamination e.g. dusts, fumes, gases and vapours that are hazardous for human health. Respirators are generally classified two basic categories: filtering devices – used as the simplest protection equipment against chemical agents, and breathing apparatus – generally used by specially trained end-users in complex environments.

Safeguarding against dangers to breathing is crucial

It only takes three lungfuls of toxic fumes to become unconscious. If you are working on your own, they could be the last three breaths you take. Whether working in confined spaces, in dusty or fume-filled environments, respiratory protective equipment is not a luxury or an optional extra - it’s an essential. If it is neglected or not taken seriously, the consequences could be disastrous.

A Fitting Tribute to Respiratory Safety

Modern respiratory protection represents 200 years of development. It has been tested by war, tempered by fire, and trialled in the harshest working conditions imaginable. It will filter dust, neutralise poisons, capture bacteria and feed fresh air to keep the wearer alive and safe - but only under one condition. The mask has to fit.

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Industrial Breathing Apparatus

Breathing Apparatus can be split into varying categories. These include Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (S.C.B.A.), Escape Breathing Apparatus, Filtration Devices, Airline Systems, Fresh Air Devices and Oxygen Rebreathers (K02). We will look at all these devices and go through each apparatus to explain the differences, explain the selection process and, hopefully, ensure that the next time you require any form of Breathing Apparatus (B.A.) you pick the right one for your application.

Breathe Easy

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) has been placed fi rmly at the bottom of the hierarchy of control and is often referred to as a control measure of last resort. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations have enshrined the hierarchy in legislation for over 20 years. This hierarchy indicates the relative desirability and effi cacy of various forms of control. (See fi gure 1).

Respiratory Protection [November 2008]

Expanding upon the European Directive 98/24/EC of April 19981, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) updated the Controls Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations in November 2002 and included the requirement that any RPE supplied by the employer is Fit Tested with the wearer.

Breathing Apparatus

In this article, we will explore the development of respiratory protective equipment (RPE). We will look at its uses over the years, up to and including the latest designs, features and developments; many of which have resulted from lessons learned as a result of tragic events and loss of life.

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Breathing In Breathing Out

Using breathing apparatus (BA) should always be considered a final option, taken out of necessity. There are good reasons for this, not least of which is that it only protects the person wearing it. Other workers are potentially at risk and it is far better to remove the hazard by all practicable means than to resort to using BA.

Respiratory Protection [May 2008]

In order to begin to prevent injuries to the respiratory system it is vital to understand and realise what level of airborne particulate or other elements are present in the working environment and of what type.

Face Fit Testing RPE

UK Face Fit Testing Legislation is now nearly five years old. All UK employees who wear tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) should, by now, have a certificate to prove that the protective equipment they wear during work not only fits them, but also affords them the effective protection necessary for the task being performed. However, research indicates that this is not the case.

Confined Spaces

A number of people are killed or seriously injured in confined spaces each year. This happens in a wide range of industries, from those involving complex plant to simple storage vessels. Those killed include not only people working in the confined space but those who try to rescue them without proper training and equipment.

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Save Your Breath .....

Half a lifetime ago, I spent the interminable hours between the landing of “Eagle” in the Sea of Tranquillity and Neil Armstrong making that “one small step” in the early hours of our morning, following hedgehogs around the garden. At the same age, I was enthralled weekly by the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” on TV, and resolved to become a marine biologist - yet another of youth’s unrequited dreams. What linked these two situations was that the environments in which my heroes were operating were so hostile and so alien to humans that their presence there was only possible because they were using complex life-support systems incorporating breathing apparatus. But you don’t have to go to the ends of the earth or beyond to need to use this type of equipment. There are a multitude of uses much closer to home.

Respiratory Protection [April 2006]

Changes in Europe within the field of respiratory protection against solid and liquid particles.

Respiratory Protection [October 2005]

The respiratory system is the main weak point of the body for the defence against hazardous airborne substances. Gases and vapours (e.g. corrosive gases, organic vapours), airborne solid particles (e.g. dust, fume), liquid aerosols (e.g. oil mist) and also biological agents can easily pass through the airways to the lungs.

Measuring CO2 from Our Breathing Soil

The increase of the global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is by many scientists regarded as the most severe environmental problem we are facing today because of its impact on the global warming and consequential effects such as possible sea level rise, retreat of glaciers, changes in intensities of tropical cyclones and severe local storm activity.

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The Use of Breathing Apparatus

Lloyds Environmental Waste Management Ltd was formed in April 1993 as a liquid waste tankering company. Since then they have become one of the leading waste management and drainage specialists in the UK boasting a blue chip customer base right across the country. During this time, the organisation has also become a specialist oil and chemical spill responder and offers an emergency response service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Respiratory Protective Equipment [July 2004]

Three out of four fire fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation and most lung and chest related diseases including cancers are a result of long-term exposure to various dusts, fumes or particle filled atmospheres.

...all I need is the air that I breathe...

Here’s a paradox. Situations where there is the greatest danger from inhalation hazards need the most complex forms of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) – breathing apparatus (BA).

Respiratory Protection for Industry

Whilst circumstances will generally dictate which form of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is most suitable to a particular application, recent technological advancements have meant that there is now much more of a choice within those parameters.

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