Respiratory Protection Issues in Agriculture - What to Wear & Does It Fit?
The business of agriculture presents a myriad of hazards, including exposures to dusts, molds, pesticides and other chemicals, gases, as well as welding fumes and particles. Deciding what protection to use to prevent acute and chronic respiratory diseases is confusing. In addition, just finding the right protective gear can be a challenge. This webinar will address those issues and provide information on the importance of fit testing and fit (seal)checks.
Intended Audience: agricultural production workers, including female workers, and agricultural business managers
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to: 1. Identify appropriate respiratory protection equipment for work in agriculture
2. Understand the difference between a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure.
3. Determine who should be fit tested for respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)
4. Know who can perform a fit test and what tools are necessary for a fit test procedure
5. Locate current reliable resources that provide information on respiratory PPE
Thank you to our generous program sponsors:
Shari Franklin Smith, M. Eng and BS, Chemical Engineering
3M, Lead Application Engineering Specialist for Food, Bev, Agriculture, Chemical & Construction Industry
Shari Franklin Smith, CIH, CSP has 20+ years of experience helping to keep workers healthy and safe. She has worked with protective clothing including high visibility safety apparel and protective coveralls, and 9+ years of experience managing an organization of safety and health professionals supporting 3M’s PPE products such as hearing and respiratory protection, protective clothing, and fall protection and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. She has been involved in human factors research in visibility protective clothing and hearing conservation. She was also a member of the ISEA High Visibility Committee responsible for creating the ISEA/ANSI 107 standard and is the Secretary-Elect of the AIHA Construction Committee. Shari is currently supporting construction, chemical manufacturing, and the food and beverage industry as a lead application engineering specialist in 3M Personal Safety Division. She has helped several companies implement hearing protection fit testing, hosted multiple health and safety symposiums for the chemical, food and construction industries, and spoken on emerging health and safety concerns such as COVID-19, diacetyl in coffee processing, manganese hazards in welding, concerns for workers in legal cannabis growing, and changing regulations such as silica and beryllium.
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