NEW: Acromag Signal Splitter/Duplicators
Chesterfield, MI, USA - April 11, 2018 -
Acromag extended their line of software-programmable signal splitters for increased versatility, adding great value.
Premier Safety Launches new eCommerce Platform & Website
Chesterfield, MI, USA - March 19, 2018 -
Customers like you have spoken and we have listened. The demand for online ordering is greater than ever, so we have significantly improved premiersafety.com to make it easier to find the products you need.
Expect a streamlined ordering experience, along with enhanced support from our technical experts to ensure you order the right solutions the first time — so you don’t have to worry about returns. It’s much more than an online ordering portal; it’s a one-stop source for workplace safety products and expertise!
New features include:
Together with the experienced technical team we have in place and the support of our trusted manufacturers, these new digital tools will allow us to work with you on a whole new level. Think of us as an extension of your team, here to help you improve safety outcomes.
We understand that the suppliers of the future must continue to serve customers in new ways, and that means understanding and adapting to your changing needs. Rest assured that we are committed to keeping pace with those changes at every level of the Premier Safety team.
We invite you to check out our new website and see all the improvements that will make online ordering convenient for you. It’s part of our continuing commitment to create an experience that will keep you coming back to Premier Safety.If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. We’re only a call, click or email away
Fit Testing - Love It or Hate It, Fit Testing is Mandatory Strap on the respirators and facepieces and let the fit testing begin! OSHA now requires all healthcare employers perform annual fit testing and follow the OSHA standard 1910.134. Much like your annual birthday party and Thanksgiving dinner, fit testing will now be an annual ritual followed by healthcare employers. However for many healthcare employees, fit testing falls side by side with their annual spring cleaning, an unpleasant and timely task.
How it all began...
The mandatory fit testing debate has been an ongoing battle for quite some time. It all began in 1997 when OSHA proposed a rule that included provisions for fit testing designed to control tuberculosis in healthcare institutions. In 2003, OSHA announced they would apply the General Industry Respiratory Standard to tuberculosis, including fit testing. Finally in 2004, OSHA announced that fit testing would be mandatory for all healthcare employers. Opposed to the mandate, Congressman Roger Wicker introduced a rider to the Appropriations Bill (known as the Wicker Amendment) that would prohibit OSHA from enforcing fit testing for respirators designed to protect health care workers against tuberculosis. However, on July 11th, the Wicker Amendment failed approval by the Appropriations Committee with a party-line vote of 38-27.
Wicker Amendment Misconceptions...
To many healthcare employers, the Wicker Amendment was a pleasant addition that meant less complaining from employees and more money saved. However, the Wicker Amendment held many misconceptions.
- Wicker Amendment only prohibited annual fit testing for tuberculosis, not other diseases such as SARS, Avian Bird Flu, etc.
- States under state OSHA agencies had to follow state standards, not general OSHA standards.
- The Wicker Amendment prohibited OSHA from requiring annual fit testing. Initial fit testing was still mandatory.
Love it or hate it, healthcare employers are now required to perform annual fit testing, following the OSHA standard 1910.134, including fit testing. To lessen the burden, employers may perform Qualitative fit testing, rather than Quantitative. Qualitative fit testing may be performed relatively quickly and easily, by using an agent which may be detected by a test subject due to its distinct taste or smell.
PAPR Systems that don't require fit testing...
You may consider respirators that don't require fit testing, such as the Bullard Powered Air Purifying System with a loose-fitting facepiece or hood. The Bullard PA20 PAPR with a 20LFL loose-fitting facepiece provides superior protection, comfort and value for infection control healthcare professionals, and eliminates the need for fit testing. Bullard loose-fitting facepieces are latex free and have a large filtering area that requires less frequent change outs. Able to accommodate facial hair, eyewear and stethoscopes, Bullard facepieces are also reusable. For more information on fit testing or Bullard PAPRs and loose-fitting facepeices, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 1-800-962-7837.