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Respirator Fact Sheet

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 3:27:38 pm Australia/Perth

What You Should Know in Deciding Whether to Buy Escape Hoods, Gas Masks, or Other Respirators for Preparedness at Home and Work

Respiratory protection is effective only if:

  • the correct respirator is used,
  • it’s available when you need it,
  • you know when and how to put it on and take it off, and
  • you have stored it and kept it in working order in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
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Posted in Safety News By WorkSafeGEAR

Key Differences Between Respirators and Masks

Friday, 7 February 2020 10:23:36 am Australia/Perth

Comfort Masks:

  • Are not designed to protect your lungs from airborne hazards.
  • Do not have the word NIOSH and the approval type (i.e. N95/P2) printed on the product.
  • Are not cleared by the FDA for use as a surgical mask.
  • Have not been tested to any government performance standards for filtration.
  • Usually have only 1 head strap.
  • Do not fit tightly to the face - there might be gaps around the edges.

Key Differences Between Respirators and Masks

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Posted in Safety News Products By 3M

3M Product Availability Update: P2 Respirators

Monday, 3 February 2020 11:55:54 am Australia/Perth

Dear Valued 3M Channel Partner,

As previously communicated, 3M is seeing very high demand for respiratory protection products due to the outbreak of a newly identified novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In response, 3M is increasing respirator production and is working with 3M authorized channel partners to help ensure they have inventory to meet end-user demand. We remain committed to the balanced distribution of product so that your domestic industrial customers can receive the 3M respiratory protection products they have chosen to rely on to help facilitate their day-to-day operations.

3M P2 Respirators Update

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Posted in Safety News Products By 3M Australia

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Information for university and vocational educations students and staff arriving from Hubei Province, China

An outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019.

Can I attend my university or vocational education facility?

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Posted in Safety News By Australian Government Department of Health

Bushfire smoke could cause lung problems for generations

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 1:03:56 pm Australia/Perth

Bushfire smoke could cause lung problems for generations, US monkey study suggests

Key points:

  • Scientists have studied the impact of bushfire smoke on monkeys since 2008
  • The monkeys exposed to smoke had 20 per cent less lung capacity
  • There are fears that prolonged exposed to smoke could affect human health
A child in a p2 mask sitting on the grass
PHOTO: The bushfires in Northern California in 2018 left the area shrouded in smoke for several weeks. (Reuters: Leah Millis)

Monkeys in Northern California are providing valuable clues to the health cost of exposure to bushfire smoke, revealing it could have potentially life-threatening consequences for humans.

Large swathes of south-eastern Australia were blanketed in smoke during the recent bushfire crisis, consistently exposing people to unsafe levels of noxious fumes not seen in some of the world's most polluted cities.

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Posted in Safety News By ABC News

Coronavirus reaches Australia: Man is quarantined in Melbourne after testing positive to deadly Chinese disease - as seven others are isolated amid fears more Aussies could be infected

  • A man has been quarantined in Melbourne after contracting coronavirus 

  • The man travelled to Australia alone from Wuhan, via Guangzhou, on January 19

  • He initially showed no symptoms, but eventually became ill when in Melbourne 

  • There is said to be little risk of the man spreading the deadly virus in Melbourne 

  • The Chinese-national is now isolated at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton

  • Five people in NSW are being assessed for potential infection of the deadly strain

  • Over 40 people have died in China, and 1000 have been affected globally 

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Posted in Safety News By WorkSafeGEAR

China confirms some 140 new cases of Sars-like virus ahead of peak travel season

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 7:28:22 am Australia/Perth

KEY POINTS

  • Chinese health authorities confirmed more than 100 cases of a new Sars-like virus on Monday as the country’s peak holiday travel season begins, sparking concerns over spread of the viral strain.
  • While the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in late December, the 139 new cases reported over the weekend in China included cases from capital Beijing in the north of the country, the southern city of Shenzhen. This brings the total to more than 200 confirmed cases.
  • “It’s highly likely we’ll see this virus spread given it appears there’s some form of human-to-human transmission and given the scale of travel in the lead-up to Chinese New Year,” said Alexandra Phelan, faculty research instructor in the microbiology and immunology department at Georgetown University.

Many Chinese people are heading home for the Lunar New Year - with face masks

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Does 3M have a P2 or N95 respirator for children in Australia & New Zealand?

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 2:21:38 pm Australia/Perth

3M Tech Update: Children and P2/N95 Respirators

With school holidays nearing the end, parents are questioning what to do with their children when the air quality is still poor.

Does 3M have a P2 or N95 respirator for children in Australia & New Zealand?

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Posted in Safety News Products By 3M Australia

Using P2 Facemasks For Children

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 9:49:51 am Australia/Perth

Given that poor air quality has been present for such a long time and remains a concern, there are new considerations for the effectiveness and use of the P2 facemasks and with school holidays nearing the end, parents are questioning what to do with their children when the air quality is still poor.

ARE THEY SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

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Posted in Safety News By Asthma Australia

Heavy smoke and hot conditions in the ACT

Friday, 3 January 2020 5:36:00 pm Australia/Perth

The heavy smoke affecting the ACT is expected to continue while fires continue to burn across the border. During this time, the ACT Health Directorate’s advice remains the same.

**Information last updated on 11 January 2020**

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Posted in Safety News By ACT Health
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