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?
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?
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.
"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.
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.