Since my job is to rent you stuff, you'd expect me to say "Rent. Rent now. Rent often... And be sure you rent from me!" And I do believe that. But there are legitimate reasons to consider both renting and buying.
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I admit: I really like the show Undercover Boss. It profiles how out of touch executives can be with their own employees, and how important it is for workers to feel connected to management.
Since the beginning of RAECO Rents, the most frequently rented instrument has been the TSI PortaCount quantitative respirator fit testing system. And with those frequent rentals come the two very common questions. What equipment do I need to do a fit test? And what's a Fit Factor?
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