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The Trend Respirator Vs The Powercap Active: Which Respirator Is Better?

The Trend Respirator Vs The Powercap Active: Which Respirator Is Better?
When it comes to powered head mounted respirators, there are two on the market that are the most popular: The Trend Air Circulating Airshield Pro, a respirator that has been around for over 15 years, and The Powercap Active IP PAPR, the lightest head mounted respirator in the world.

But what is the difference between these two and which one is the better buy?

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PPE For Home Inspection

PPE For Home Inspection

Home inspection is a dangerous industry to begin with: entering into attics, crawl spaces, and inspecting the roof. Knowing this, home inspectors should always bring appropriate gear with them to avoid the hazardous situations that come with inspections.

 Its quite a coincidence that the inspection job of looking for safety defects can set inspectors and their clients up for safety risks in and of itself. To execute your inspections problem free, the following PPE is ideal for your protection:

  1. Coveralls : this one piece protective garment is intended to be worn when engaging in heavy manual work. By providing a high level of protection during work activities, coveralls ensure that you stay safe from biological, chemical, mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic and electrical hazards. We suggest opting for a disposable coverall like our BioPro Disposable Coverall  as it provides you with the standard coverall without the hassle of having to decontaminating used suits.

  2. Goggles : this type of eye protection is designed to protect against a plethora of harmful airborne substances such as sawdust and mold spores. It is important to be wearing eye protection in confined spaces such as crawl spaces and attics as well as when inspecting electrical panels. Our Filterspec line comes with built in eye protection making it a convenient all in one respiratory mask while on the job.
     
  3. Roof Equipment : many inspectors find themselves walking on rooftops for wind, hail and standard roof inspections ; making them prone to possible fall related injuries. Roof shoes, tie offs, and secure ladder set ups are crucial for safety.

  4. Flashlights : it is recommended by ASHI that all home inspectors bring at least two flashlights on the job at all times as there are a variety of dangerous elements that can sneak up on you: exposed hardware, animals, and other hazardous situations.

  5. Gloves + Head Protection: protecting your hands when entering these spaces is certainly a given. Rubber or leather gloves are recommended as electrical shock protection is something to keep in mind. Gloves should fit comfortable but tightly on the hands to ensure full protection. Entering crawl spaces and climbing into attics can leave you at risk of head injury. Wearing light impact protection such as a BumpCap (which is also what makes up the cap in the Powercap Active Respirator) is a great way to avoid this risk.

  6. Respirators: it is suggested that respirators are the most underutilized but also one of the most important pieces of PPE for home inspectors. With a variety of different options, it can sometimes be difficult to pick the appropriate one.



    Here are a few suggestions based on the type of substances you may come into contact with as a home inspector:

    Molds – mold exposure, primarily asbestos, can cause certain cancers. These molds are commonly found within the walls, ceiling tiles, roofing, or insulation. Vermiculite inspection is especially dangerous and requires appropriate protection to work around. We recommend wearing the Force 8 ABEK1P3, CleanAir, or Infinity 1 system for full protection against mold.

    Animal Droppings – a common find when home inspecting, animal droppings can carry a range of different viruses including hantavirus, histoplasmosis, or cryptococcosis. An N95 or higher respirator will be sufficient for protection. Try our NIOSH approved Force Typhoon 8 or the Powercap Active for the best protection.

    Lead Paint – what was once a popular home material for how quickly it dried and its durability, is now highly toxic and can lead to serious health issues such as behavorial problems, lead poisoning and even seizure. Paint chips, dust, and cracking all mean that lead particulate is in the air and is certainly something a home inspector will want to avoid. A powered respirator system such as our Powercap, CleanAir or Infinity line will fully protect you as will our Force 8 line.

    Old or Improperly Installed Insulation – insulation can make you sick. point blank. Its odor as well as direct contact with the insulation itself or its dust can cause a variety of irritation. Two common toxins found in insulation have been formaldehyde and asbestos. While this type of insulation is now banned, many older homes still have this type of insulation which can be deadly. Wearing a full face respirator or air powered respirator will be your best bet for staying safe. Again, our Powercap, Force 8, CleanAir or Infinity lines will be your safest choice.

    A cost efficient, compact, disposable respirator such as our Force 8 (available in both NIOSH Press to Check Fit for particulate protection and ABEK1PE version for full particle and chemical protection (including asbestos) is a great choice for home inspectors. Looking for something with built in eye protection? The Filterspec line is perfect for protection from particulates. Wanting something that prevents any feeling of claustrophobia, keeps you cool in the hot spaces, and provides light impact protection? Then our Powercap Active is the perfect unit for you. Dealing with heavy duty chemical exposure or want something belt mounted? We might suggest our Clean Air Pro systems or our Infinity line up. It is important to utilize a respirator that filters at least 99.97% if particles, which all of ours do. 
  1. Road Cones + Danger Signs: the last pieces of recommended PPE equipment are road those that protect not only yourself but your clients. Road cones help to ensure that there is ample space around your vehicle while you work, while danger signs ensure that clients are warned of any potential hazards.

 

To summarize: PPE is a crucial part of professional home inspection work. Without it, you are exposing yourself to high levels of danger while also exposing your clients. Bringing the appropriate equipment to all inspection jobs will not only keep you safe as a professional but also keep you looking professional for the long run.

For additional home inspector information, be sure to check out ASHI.

Stay safe out there.

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Landscaping PPE Safety List

Landscaping PPE Safety List
A lack of PPE is a major problem in the landscaping industry given that the nature of this work can be some of the most dangerous. Exposure to particulate dust/chemical vapor, as well as allergens on a daily basis can harm your health significantly in the long run. Using the right PPE can go a long way towards preventing any danger. Here are the top 5 PPE choices for landscaping. Continue reading

Evaporative Cooling Vest: How To Stay Cool In The Spring/Summer

Evaporative Cooling Vest: How To Stay Cool In The Spring/Summer

Does the intense heat of the spring and summer drain you?

Does the humidity make it difficult for you to work, play, compete, or function outdoors?

Then an evaporative cooling vest is the perfect accessory for your everyday.

One like the Hydracool Sport or Hydracool Pro in our Hydracool line, is the perfect solution to keep your stamina up and your body temperature consistent.

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The Powercap Active vs The Powercap Bundle

The Powercap Active vs The Powercap Bundle

 

A lot of our customers reach out wondering what the difference is between the Powercap Active Bundle and the Powercap Active purchased individually.

The bundle is a unique combination of the Powercap and accessories, designed to be a quick shop for those needing the most comprehensive level of Powercap protection.

The pre filters for the Powercap Active provide an extra layer of protection on the P2 filters, not only to extend the life of the P2 filter marginally, but to also help filter out any additional particulates (think of it as an extra filter layer).

The visor peel off protectors provide the same level of protection as a cell phone protector screen would; ensuring that your Powercap Active visor stays scratch free.

The extra set of P2 filters ensures that you are able to stay working safely for an additional 1 – 3 months before having to replace your filters again.

Who is the Powercap Active bundle for?

We recommend the Powercap Active bundle for those working in heavier particulate environments on a reoccurring basis, such as woodworkers, chimney sweeps, chainsaw carvers, animal handlers, vets, etc.

If you are wearing the Powercap Active for light protection during the pandemic/COVID-19, to travel or in industries like hairdressing/movie production ; we recommend purchasing The Powercap Active along with a pack of visor peel off protectors to ensure your visor stays scratch free.

No matter which Powercap product you go with, you will be fully protected with the lightest head mounted respirator on the market.

Stay safe out there.

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Why Are Force Typhoon 8 Filters Pink?

Why Are Force Typhoon 8 Filters Pink?

 

 We get asked a plethora of questions on a daily basis pertaining to PPE here at Peke Safety, but as of late, the most commonly asked question has been “why is the Force 8 Typhoon pink?” (subsequently followed by “does it come in any other colors?”).
 
            The quick answer: no, the Force Typhoon 8 does not come in any other colors. There is in fact a calculated reason behind JSP Safety’s choice of bright pink (magenta) for the Force Typhoon 8 Press to Check filters; and no, it was not due to the fact that an engineer over at JSP Safety just liked the color pink. With this “what in the world” topic at the forefront of our minds, we thought we would take a moment to explain why the bright hue is simply not just a vanity decision while providing a bit of insight into NIOSH’s guide to respirators.
 
 
            To begin, there are three main filter categories within the PPE industry:
  1. Particulate Filters
  2. Gas and Vapor Cartridges
  3. Combination Cartridges/Filters
 
For this topic, we will be focusing on particulate filters. Particulate filters capture particles through the mechanisms of impaction, interception and diffusion. These filters are enhanced with electrostatically charged fibers to help trap particulates within the filter media.
NIOSH has nine classifications for particulate filters based on minimum filtration efficiency and the type of aerosol (non-oil or contains oil).
The chart below shows the nine classifications.

Minimum Efficiency

N: non-oil aerosols

R: includes oil aerosols*

P: includes oil aerosols**

95%

N95

R95

P95

99%

N99

R99

P99

99.97%

N100

R100

P100

*time use restriction is possible when oil aerosol is present
**follow manufacturer’s time use suggestions when oil aerosols are present

Each filter type mentioned above is assigned a specific color by NIOSH in order to be identified correctly for the appropriate application, as seen in the color coding for NIOSH chart here:
 
The type of particular filter found on the Force Typhoon 8 is a p100 filter that operates at a 99.97% efficiency also known as a High Efficiency Filter. As you can see from the chart, a High Efficiency Filter is given the color assignment Magenta (or pink as so many of us call it.)
 
While the color choice may not be the most low profile option to wear while you work, the Force Typhoon 8 does come with a magnitude of features making it the winner of the BSIF Product Innovation Award in Europe. These features include:
 
  • Press to check fit allowing you to instantly check for the perfect fit every time
  • No fit test required
  • Comfortable thermoplastic rubber mask for superior fit
  • Fully adjustable 4 point cradle suspension ensuring a proper facial fit
  • CR2 Reflectivity for increased visibility in a low light environment
  • Cost effect Force 8 filters with a low profile angle = maximum visibility
  • Typhoon Exhalation Valve for easy breathing
  • Passes dolomite
  • Protects against even the finest construction dust
 
So before you rule out the Force Typhoon 8 for its bright color choice, consider it the perfect affordable option for chimney sweeps, construction workers, first responders, daily pandemic protection, farmers (the list goes on).
 
In a PPE sea of blue, white, orange, and red : think pink.

 

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2020: The Year of PPE

2020: The Year of PPE

In 2020 the worst pandemic in a century shook the world, bringing with it massive lockdowns, economic hardship, and the loss of family members, friends and loved ones. This pandemic has shifted the way that every human operates and has forced businesses to revamp their own operating models to compensate for a lack of face-to-face interaction. Entering 2020 at Peke, we never expected that it would become the year of PPE. In just one short year, a 3-letter initialism primarily used by medical and industrial workers is now on the minds of almost every human being on the planet.

Before the pandemic, PPE was widely available for facilities in need. Personal protective equipment was supplied to healthcare institutions via lean supply chains in the same way paper towels were to grocery stores. Just-in-time supply chains between major manufacturers and end users were efficient and had eliminated the need for stockpiling of goods. All that changed in March of 2020, with the world suddenly experiencing a massive shortage of personal protective equipment and medical supplies in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities, as the general public suddenly needed access to those very same items. Exacerbated by confusing and haphazard responses at government level, the market became a free-for-all, with many PPE companies suddenly sold out of whatever they had. Suddenly, new manufacturers were filling the breach, many of them selling products of dubious quality, effectiveness, and with no prior references or certifications.

 At Peke Safety and Peke Response, 2020 created a unique challenge for us. We’ve been selling NIOSH and EN compliant PPE globally, direct to consumers, businesses, and governments for almost 10 years. In that time, we have always prioritized providing the right product for the right application and having parts and spares available when needed. We consider it our duty to ensure our customers are being kept safe at all times. Suddenly, we’ve been put in a position of having constrained supplies of parts and spares we have had on hand for years, having our ads reviewed (and often removed) by social media platforms simply because we talk about PPE, and dealing with customers who had suffered price gouging in their desperation to get hands on what they needed to protect themselves, their workers, and their families.

We expect that the supply chain will continue to be constrained through at least the middle of this year,especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase rapidly around the world and new strains of the virus are being discovered. Education and economic realities are likely to be a factor as well, as we can only go so long without kids in school and with non-essential service sector workers furloughed and unable to earn a living.

In response to the shifting landscape, Peke Safety is taking the following steps to ensure we will continue to be a reliable PPE supplier for our customers going forward:

Already Actioned:

  • Inventory orders placed 6 months out
  • Inbound shipping methods changed to save costs and stabilize end-user pricing
  • Diversifying suppliers
  • Adding more non-CN sourced disposable PPE to suit customer needs

 

Forthcoming Changes:

  • Adding distribution channels, including Amazon.com and re-enabling Amazon Pay
  • Additional FAQ and How-To Resources on Pekesafety.com
  • New subscription offerings for spares and disposables, allowing customers to maintain steady product availability throughout the year

Unfortunately, 2020 wasn’t a box we could shove in the attic and forget about as the challenges we faced will and are continuing into 2021.We here at Peke Safety and Peke Response will continue to work to the best of our abilities to provide you with the highest quality of PPE you are in need of in a timely manner. We want to thank all of you for trusting in us throughout such a difficult year and are here for your questions, concerns, product requests or needs at any time.

Stay safe out there.

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Time To Change Your Filters

Time To Change Your Filters

When using a respirator whether powered or disposable on the job, you will need to replace your filters consistently to not only ensure that you are being protected adequately from the particles/vapors but also to ensure that you do not cause further damage to your motors (if using a powered respirator).

Here are our three tips for when to change filters:

There is no one time fits all:

One question we get asked most frequently here at Peke is "how long will a filter last?".

Unfortunately there is no one time fits all answer to this question as it depends on frequency of use, the level of exposure in the environment, and what you are exposing yourself to. Filters work like a strainer, trapping particles out of the air. When the filter fills up with these particles, the filter is no longer functioning. Filter cartridges designed for combination use of particulates and gases/vapors work like a sponge as they absorb hazardous vapors from the air along with particles. Once the filters have absorbed all they can, the vapors start passing through.

Simple answer: when the filter looks dirty, the air flow indicator is showing lower air flows, or you are starting to smell or taste fumes; its time to change your filters.

The P2 filters are a great example. The more particulates you are exposed to, the faster they will fill with dust and the sooner you will have to replace it. We have some customers changing P2 filters on their Powercap Active every month, while others are changing every 2-3 months. It is imperative to change these filters out consistently to avoid stress on the motor. The air flow indicator included in the Powercap will help you check how efficient your filters are each use. 

For tight fitting respirators:

A tight fitting respirator is designed to only work well if it is fitted approximately to your face. Those requiring a fit test cannot have any facial hair between the mask and face. If there is a gap, particles and toxins could easily slip inside the face mask, taking the easy way in avoiding filters and cartridges. It is important to make sure your respirator fits properly with a fit test. When in doubt, always ask a safety manager to perform a fit test.

It is a good idea to always have an extra set or two of filters on hand at all times, especially if you find yourself working in high concentrations of particles and vapors. 

You can replace your filters easily, but you cannot replace your lungs.

Read our filter timeline guide:

Check out our article on when to change your filters based on your product for suggested timelines.

stay safe out there.

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