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‘All about the individualized fit’

Personal protective equipment is “all about the individualized fit,” says Stacy Turner, category manager – safety, for Kimberly-Clark Professional in Irving, TX.

A personalized fit ensures worker comfort. This is especially true with respiratory protection.

“Fit is critical, as each user’s face is unique in size, shape and features,” Turner says. “Workers should be properly fit-tested and have a selection of respirators with design elements that can address their individual needs, such as adjustable straps, full-face seals, nose foam or nose clips.”

And don’t forget about compliance. She said a common question KCP has received from customers during the COVID-19 pandemic relates to how many workers were using respiratory equipment that met other global standards. These same customers are wondering if this is still acceptable for occupational use.

Turner’s advice: “Always make sure to comply with federal regulations and the employers’ specific state OSHA regulations, which require the use of NIOSH-approved respirators.”

Compiled with the assistance of the International Safety Equipment Association

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