Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new standards for reducing emissions of toxic air pollutants from commercial and industrial boilers, and requires full compliance to these standards by 2014. Most requirements are operational (how often mandatory tune-ups are performed), but others are regulatory (reporting numeric rate of air toxic emissions).
A friend of mine heads up a Community Emergency Response Team just outside of Washington, DC. Last time I talked to him, I asked him what they do for respirator mask fit testing. He told me that in his 30+ years in emergency medicine, he'd only been fit tested a couple times, using a qualitative method with saccharine. As I think back to my years in emergency response, and my time working in a hospital emergency room, it doesn't surprise me too much. Back then, I wasn't even tested with a hood. It's probably because there were fewer regulations about fit testing. But knowing what I know now, it bothers me that our emergency response teams aren't better protected
People who have used the 3M (Quest) Edge noise dosimeters rave about them: No cables, just three ounces, 40-hour runtime, two virtual dosimeters for OSHA limits, and models for general service and harsh environments.
Looking for step-by-step instructions on how to get data from a 3M or Quest Technologies noise dosimeter to your computer for analysis and reporting? This short video will teach you how to get the job done.