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    Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 1.

    August 10, 2018

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 1:
    Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection – Part 1.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 1:
    Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection – Part 1.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 1:
    Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection – Part 1.


    Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Science of Safety Podcast, an informative and practical series where we examine the complexities of daily safety challenges and arm you with a wealth of knowledge, know how, tips and advice to navigate your way through what at times appears to be a never-ending maze.  

    In this episode host Mark Reggers discusses the ins and outs of Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection with guest Terry Gorman, a Certified Occupational Hygienist for 3M Australia and New Zealand in the Personal Safety Division.

    Respiratory protective solutions are available in many forms and at times can be confusing. Which solution meets your workplace challenges and suits you best…disposable, reusable or powered & supplied air option? How do you know if you even need a respirator, what type of filter is required to provide adequate levels of protection and how often do they need to be changed? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?


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    Host Bio:

    Mark Reggers (pictured left) is an Occupational Hygienist for 3M with over 15 years experience in the health and safety industry. He is part of the 3M ANZ Personal Safety Division Technical services team that provides technical end user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment. Mark has a Masters of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice) and Certificate IV in OHS with over 15 years’ experience in the Work Health & Safety Industry. He is also a NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessor. Prior to 3M, Mark worked for a risk management consultancy as an occupational hygiene/property risk consultant.

    Mark has extensive experience, knowledge and skills in undertaking occupational hygiene assessments, asbestos/hazardous materials inspection, property risk assessment and work health and safety assessments. He is passionate about occupational hygiene to ensure workers’ health is not compromised from workplace exposures and practices.

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    In this show, part 1 of 2, Mark & Terry discuss the following:


    • What types of respiratory equipment require filters?
    • When would a workplace not want to use an air purifying respirator?
    • How would a workplace know how much dust or gas is hazardous and how much is in their workplace?
    • Where does PPE sit in the hierarchy of controls?
    • Does a workplace have to know how much dust or gas is in the air before implementing any controls?
    • If a workplace requires the use of Respiratory Protective Equipment where can they go to get further information?
    • What does a workplace need to know when looking to select appropriate filters?
    • Are there different levels of particulate filters and their limitations?
    • When should particulate filters be changed and can they be cleaned?

    Tune in to the podcast and ensure your respiratory equipment has you covered in terms of protection, comfort, applications and conditions.

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    Contact a 3M Safety Specialist at scienceofsafetyanz@mmm.com for more information