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    Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 72.

    March 26, 2020



    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 72:
    Bushfires and Respiratory Protection - Part 2.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 72:
    Bushfires and Respiratory Protection - Part 2.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 72:
    Bushfires and Respiratory Protection - Part 2.

    In this episode host Mark Reggers and guest Terry Gorman, 3M’s Lead Application Engineer for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand continue where they left off and resume their discussion on the subject matter of bushfires and respiratory protection.

    Bushfire smoke generates a gigantic volatile cocktail of hydrocarbons of various sizes, shapes and toxicity. Measuring the degree of respiratory hazard exposure from bushfire smoke is never easy as there are many factors at play during the blaze. Respiratory protection in these unpredictable conditions is critical, which, when used correctly and paired to the circumstances, can significantly reduce your exposure.




    Guest Bio:

    Terry Gorman (pictured left with host Mark Reggers) is a Certified Occupational Hygienist who has been involved in workplace safety for nearly 30 years. He has worked for 3M Australia and New Zealand in the Personal Safety Division for 18 years.

    Terry is a current member of the Australian/New Zealand Standard Committees responsible for respiratory protection (AS/NZS 1715 & 1716) as well as the Eye/Face Protection Standards Committee (AS/NZS 1337 & 1338).

    He currently represents Standards Australia on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Committee TC94/SC15, a team of international specialists creating a set of global respiratory standards.

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

    • With the range of different masks and filters, how does someone choose between them?
    • If someone has selected a P2 mask, does that automatically mean they will be protected?
    • What are some basic mask fitting tips?
    • Should people wearing masks for bushfire smoke be fit tested?
    • What would your advice be for those in emergency scenarios and timeframes that can’t be fit tested?
    • Do surgical style masks provide any protection?
    • Can or should P2 masks be used by children?
    • After the peril of the fires has passed, there will be residents returning to appraise the damage, salvage personal possessions, or just to visit, along with demolition and removal activity. What hazards and risks would be associated with these pursuits?
    • Where can listeners go to get further information on respiratory protection care and maintenance?

    Bushfires are an ongoing concern, as summer rolls around the threats become ever-present, to what extent however we don’t know. Preparation is essential and applies to residents in the bushfire zone, firefighters and volunteers on the front line, and the general public. When fires rage across the country do you know how to protect yourself in the course of the inferno and in the aftermath, during cleanup operations? Tune in as we cover the topic of bushfires and respiratory protection to ensure you are ready and have the correct gear to protect yourself, your family and those in need around you.


    Additional Resources:

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