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July 10, 2015 164 Views

What extremely high or extremely low fit factors tell you

Since the beginning of RAECO Rents, the most frequently rented instrument has been the TSI PortaCount quantitative respirator fit testing system, particularly in summer, when teaching hospitals take on their new classes of medical students, nurses, interns, and residents. With those frequent rentals come some common questions regarding fit factor.

What's a fit factor?

June 22, 2015 133 Views

What can you learn from a flow survey or spot check?

In an ideal world, we'd install a fixed system to monitor liquid or steam flow. We'd check the device accuracy every once in a while, but for the most part, we'd trust the results.

But did you know that the condition and age of your pipes can affect flow measurement readings? Do you have processes in place to verify that your installed flowmeters are working correctly? How do you identify leaks in the system?

March 26, 2015 137 Views

Importance of field calibration for portable test instruments

Frequent use can cause measurement instruments to stray from critical accuracy standards. Regular calibration ensures that your device performance stays consistent, and can be trusted for survey and test results and the decisions you make from them.

As part of our standard practice, RAECO Rents technicians bench-test instruments before they ship to you.

Still, best practices suggest that you run a field calibration before and after each use, to validate your test data and ensure the instrument performed as expected. If your regulatory compliance reporting relies on detector data, it's critical that you be able to prove their proper operation and calibration.

December 8, 2014 143 Views

Can I use a Sound Level Meter app to take my measurements?

"There's an app for that."

Back in 2010, Apple told us so (and trademarked the catchphrase.)

So, if you're asking the question "Is there an app for my phone or tablet that can take sound level measurements?" The answer is yes.

December 3, 2014 136 Views

New OSHA Guideline for Occupational Exposure to Ebola

The Ebola virus hasn't been in the news as much lately as is was a month ago, but the lessons continue. The first is that the virus itself isn't the only harm concern. It's also important to protect workers from the sometimes harsh chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection.