Over this past weekend we were all reminded of the horrific events of 9/11/2001. Footage was shown again of the towers being hit with two planes and soon after crumbling to the ground. The unbelievable amount of dust & debris shown on videos that were taken blocks away from the collapse of the buildings was hard to believe. In a few of the videos that aired on various networks a majority of rescue personnel had some type of a respirator device on after the events that lead to a dusted New York skyline. However, many civilians did not have any equipment resulting in them using clothing to cover their face from clouds of dust that were engulfing the city streets.
Many of these civilians in a few short hours inhaled devastating amounts of airbourne materials which in turn could result in respiratory illness. Studies are still taking place on those civilians that were near the towers on 9/11 to determine the long term health effects of witnessing the event.
Contractors & employees can be regularly exposed to harmful airborne materials from various projects while on the job. Let the events from 9/11 remind you that airborne materials can be very harmful if you are not wearing the correct respirator equipment to protect yourself. We carry the 3M Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator that will protect you against a variety of gases, vapors and particulate hazards according to NIOSH approvals. You never know when you’ll need it on the job and you’ll be glad you had it available. Those emergency personnel were glad they did on 9/11/2001.