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PPE and Clothing for Flood Cleanup Workers

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 9:38:46 am Australia/Perth

Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing for Flood Cleanup Workers

The hazards in flood waters are likely variable and can include sewage, household chemicals and cleaning solutions, petroleum products, hazardous industrial chemicals, pesticides, and flammable liquids. Workers must also be aware of dangers from physical hazards such as obstacles covered by flood waters (storm debris, depressions, drainage openings, ground erosion) and from displaced reptiles or other animals.

Workers and volunteers involved with flood cleanup should avoid direct skin contact with flood waters if possible and through the use of appropriate PPE and clothing. In most instances, the selection of PPE will be dependent on site specific conditions, hazards, and tasks; the list below provides guidance on PPE and clothing for flood response workers:

  • Electrically insulated, watertight boots with steel shank, toe, and insole. Tennis shoes or sneakers should not be worn because they will transfer contamination and will not prevent punctures, bites, or crush injuries. Hip waders may be appropriate to help prevent contact with flood waters;
  • Heavy, waterproof, cut-resistant work gloves. Other types of protective gloves may be required if handling identified material hazards;
  • Goggles, safety glasses with side shields or full face shields. Sun/glare-protective lenses may be needed in some work settings;
  • Soft hat or other protective head cover. Wear a hardhat if there is any danger of falling debris or electrical hazards;
  • Hearing protection (when working in an environment with any noise that you must shout over to be heard);
  • Comfortable, form fitting, light weight clothing including long pants and a long sleeved shirt or coveralls;
  • Under some work conditions, respirators may be necessary (e.g., for exposures to mold-contaminated materials/environments, or other recognised chemical, physical, or biological hazards).

Additional PPE, respiratory protection, or clothing may be required when specific exposure hazards are identified or expected at the work site. In some instances, the protective ensemble components (garment, boots and gloves) may need to be impervious to contaminated flood or other site-specific chemical, physical, or biological hazards. Waders should be cleaned with soap and water and air dried between uses. In all instances, workers are advised to wash their hands with soap and clean water, especially before eating or drinking. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available. Protect any cuts or abrasions with waterproof gloves and dressings. The use of insect repellant, sun block and lip balm may also be required for some work environments. Drink plenty of bottled water and take frequent rest breaks to avoid overexertion.

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Cut Resistance Levels of Gloves

Friday, 12 March 2021 2:44:45 pm Australia/Perth

Cut Resistant Glove Levels Explained and Which Level Is Right for You

You know you need cut resistant gloves, but how do you compare one pair of gloves to another? How do you know which glove has the right level of cut resistance for you?

To solve this problem, organizations in both the US and Europe have outlined industry standards for cut resistance in gloves.

Knowing how to read these standardized cut resistance ratings is the best way to make sure you get the level of hand protection you need. Here’s what you need to know:  

Different Cut Resistance Levels (and What They Mean)

When you’re buying gloves, it’s helpful to understand both US and European cut resistance classification systems. Many gloves sold in the US will show both.

  • In the US, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides cut resistance ratings for gloves. 
  • In Europe, the European Commission regulates cut resistance ratings. Their standard is called EN 388.

Let’s look at them one at a time.

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COVID-19 Vaccines for everyone in Australia

Wednesday, 3 March 2021 7:40:34 am Australia/Perth

COVID-19 vaccines will be free for everyone living in Australia. You will not need a prescription from a GP to get vaccinated.

Quick links:

How COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia

Sources:

Department of Health, ABC News

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Please be advised about the discontinuation of the 3M 9542A (carbon,P2, un-valved) and the introduction of the replacing 3M 9542V (carbon,P2, valved) respirator.

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Honeywell Filters & Cartridges (Legacy NORTH AS/NZS)

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 2:35:42 pm Australia/Perth

This range of Honeywell filters suit the legacy North half face and full face masks, including the 5500 & 7700 series half masks and the 7600 series full face mask.

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3M Food & Beverage Playbook

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 11:25:38 am Australia/Perth

3M has a gift for you and your team!

The channel marketing team at 3M did a market assessment on various key verticals in Australia and New Zealand. 3M wanted to create a document that provides our and your field representatives guidance when approaching an end user within these segments. 3M hopes that you will find it useful in the field as your go-to document for key 3M products and applications within these markets.

The Food & Beverage Playbook

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3M Metal Fabrication Playbook

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 10:02:43 am Australia/Perth

3M has a gift for you and your team!

The channel marketing team at 3M did a market assessment on various key verticals in Australia and New Zealand. 3M wanted to create a document that provides our and your field representatives guidance when approaching an end user within these segments. 3M hopes that you will find it useful in the field as your go-to document for key 3M products and applications within these markets.

The Metal Fabrication Playbook

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3M Mining Playbook

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 9:19:52 am Australia/Perth

3M has a gift for you and your team!

The channel marketing team at 3M did a market assessment on various key verticals in Australia and New Zealand. 3M wanted to create a document that provides our and your field representatives guidance when approaching an end user within these segments. 3M hopes that you will find it useful in the field as your go-to document for key 3M products and applications within these markets.

The Mining Playbook

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3M Construction Playbook

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 7:22:56 am Australia/Perth

3M has a gift for you and your team!

The channel marketing team at 3M did a market assessment on various key verticals in Australia and New Zealand. 3M wanted to create a document that provides our and your field representatives guidance when approaching an end user within these segments. 3M hopes that you will find it useful in the field as your go-to document for key 3M products and applications within these markets.

The Construction Playbook

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3M Fall Protection for Tools - Common Attachment Points

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 8:11:23 am Australia/Perth

The science of fighting gravity.

Protecting workers takes more than just keeping them from falling. Their tools also need to be protected at height. That’s why for over eight years, we’ve been pioneering an innovative line of products and solutions to help prevent dropped tools and equipment. From construction sites to oil rigs, we help make work environments safer and more productive by protecting workers from hazards that can result in personal injury, equipment damage and tool loss.

Learn how to make virtually any tool ready for tethering

9701434 Common Attachment Points Poster

3M Fall Protection For Tools Catalog

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