With leading-edge technology, product innovations and groundbreaking research, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by 3M has a way of making occupational health and environmental safety news.
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3M has expanded its personal safety portfolio with a new controlled descent device for escape and rescue at height and a high-altitude upgrade for its popular 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator system. The 3M™ and DEUS™ Escape and Rescue System enables workers to steadily descend from heights up to 590 feet, while the 3M™ Adflo™ Turbo Assembly with High Altitude Upgrade can provide continuous filtered air to welders working at altitudes of up to 10,000 ft.
3M Personal Safety Division has added NIOSH sulfur dioxide approval to our current mercury vapor cartridges. Although the cartridge's trapezoid body and bayonet connection design has not changed, NIOSH required assignment of new part numbers because of the additional approval of sulfur dioxide. These new 3M™ Gas & Vapor Cartridges 6000 Series models will be available March 3, 2014 and will replace two existing gas & vapor cartridge models, which will be discontinued effective March 31, 2014.
Please see the product announcement for information on both the new gas & vapor cartridge models and the discontinued cartridge models.
3M announces a collaborative effort with Racing Electronics that has resulted in a newly designed, two-way communications headset. Roush Fenway Racing and the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle were the first to use the new communications headset in NASCAR racing action at the Daytona International Speedway Feb. 23.
3M has named Frank Little executive vice president of 3M’s Safety and Graphics business. In this role, Little will oversee more than 40 major platforms, including respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection, assive fire protection, protective eyewear, head and face protection, reflective materials and graphics for traffic control and guidance, commercial hand and floor pads, and other adjacent solutions.
3M named Ashish Khandpur vice president and general manager, Personal Safety Division. Ashish was previously vice president, Research and Development, Industrial Business. While at 3M, Khandpur has held research and leadership positions in several 3M organizations, including the Adhesive Technologies Center, Office Supplies Division and the Industrial and Transportation Business.
Helix - Syfy Channel starting January 10.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation...or total annihilation. Several team members will be seen wearing the 3M™ Versaflo™ Powered Air Respirator System. Helix website
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - in movie theaters.
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. In the helicopter scene when Walter Mitty jumps aboard to start another leg of his journey, look for the 3M™ Peltor™ Aviation Headset worn by the helicopter pilot. Movie Trailer
IndustryWeek has announced that 3M Aberdeen (Aberdeen, S.D.) has been chosen as one of their "Best Plants of 2013". IndustryWeek's "Best Plants" competition recognizes facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance satisfaction and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. Four other 3M manufacturing facilities were named as finalists in IndustryWeek's annual competition before 3M Aberdeen was selected as a winning facility.
3M Personal Safety Division (PSD) will award four $5,000 scholarships to outstanding students pursuing an education in a graduate occupational health and safety / industrial hygiene program in the United States or Canada.
The deadline for applications to be received by 3M PSD is Friday March 7, 2014. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered for an award. Applications may be submitted via postal or electronic mail.
According to the World Health Organization, particulate matter affects more people than any other component of air pollution. Inhalation of these types of particles can cause a variety of possible effects ranging from irritation, infection and discomfort to exacerbation of asthma. Smokers or individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as heart or lung disease, may experience additional or more severe symptoms. Long-term exposure has been associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory disease and even lung cancer.