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May 7, 2014
New faceseal properties help improve respirator's effectiveness
3M has introduced the Rugged Comfort 6500 series half facepiece reusable respirator, designed to withstand long hours and extreme conditions. The over-molded design also helps simplify respirator cleaning and maintenance. The soft but firm... Read more...

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May 5, 2014
Acrylic adhesive features lay-flat liners
3M™ has announced enhancements in sustainability and liner technology to its High Performance Acrylic Adhesive 200MP for bonding to metal and high-surface-energy plastics. Applications include ATMs, vehicle dashboards, appliance panels,... Read more...

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April 8, 2014
Respirator upgrade protects workers exposed at altitudes up to 10,000 ft.
3M has announced the launch of its Adflo Turbo Assembly with High-Altitude Upgrade, a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) system that provides continuous filtered air to welders working at altitudes of up to 10,000 ft. The system is... Read more...

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November 25, 2013
Protective eyewear features dual-injected padded temples, adjustable nosepads
3M offers SecureFit™ 400 series protective eyewear with adjustable nosepads and proprietary, self-adjusting pressure diffusion temple technology. The technology allows for a secure, comfortable fit with reduced frame slippage, and it... Read more...

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November 19, 2013
Auto-darkening welding helmet designed for students, recreational welders
3M has launched the Welding Helmet 10 with auto-darkening filter, designed for nonprofessional welders. The auto-darkening filter has three user-selectable dark shades and two sensitivity levels. The lightweight helmet comes with adjustable... Read more...

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October 29, 2013
Protective eyewear, welding helmet introduced
3M has added two new products to its line of personal protective equipment. SecureFit™ Protective Eyewear 400 series is designed to adjust naturally to individual head sizes to help reduce eyewear slippage and discomfort. It... Read more...

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October 8, 2013
Mobile app helps occupational health and safety professionals manage hearing conservation
3M has created a new mobile application that provides hearing protection and conservation information for iOS and Android™ devices. Using the free app, industrial hygienists and safety professionals can perform a quick, preliminary... Read more...

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September 18, 2013
Antifog coating retains effectiveness for 25 eyewear washings
3M has added Scotchgard™ antifog coating to its safety eyewear. According to the company, the proprietary coating provides at least 12 times longer-lasting fog resistance than traditional antifog coatings to help increase eyewear performance in... Read more...

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July 30, 2013
Welding helmets offered with new graphics designs
3M Personal Safety Division has introduced new graphics options for its Speedglas graphic welding helmet 100 series. The helmets, which feature smooth ratchet suspension, high optical quality, and light-to-dark switching, now come in two new... Read more...

News

May 28, 2013
3M names Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship winners
3M's Personal Safety Division (PSD), St. Paul, Minn., has announced the winners of its 2013 Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship Program. They are: James Dietrich – University of Cincinnati Pamela Dopart – Johns Hopkins... Read more...

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May 21, 2013
Mobile app presents respiratory protection resources
3M™ has developed a free respiratory protection resource guide mobile app for industrial hygienists and safety professionals. App users can get answers to frequently asked respiratory questions; check the company's respirator selection... Read more...

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May 13, 2013
Full-brim hard hat includes UV exposure indicator
3M™ has introduced the H-800 series full-brim hard hat, featuring a smooth ratchet suspension and an optional Uvicator™ sensor that changes color when the hard hat is exposed to UV light. The UV sensor helps provide an observable... Read more...

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February 28, 2013
Five lines of PPE introduced
3M offers five new lines of PPE: SecureFit protective eyewear, Peltor X series earmuffs, the H-800 series full-brim hard hat with a Uvicator sensor, Safety Sunwear sunglasses, and the Peltor WS series headsets with Bluetooth® wireless... Read more...

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December 19, 2012
Work gloves grip in most situations
3M has announced the introduction of work gloves made with 3M™ Gripping Material. They are suitable for anyone who needs a better grip, especially in wet or oily conditions. Incorporated into the work gloves, the gripping material comprises... Read more...

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October 16, 2012
Welding helmet integrates five levels of protection
The new 3M Speedglas 9100 MP welding helmet integrates five levels of protection — head, eye, face, respiratory, and hearing — into one system. The helmet features adjustable settings for the headband and face seal to profile each user’s... Read more...

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July 30, 2012
3M study reveals PPE use varies by geography
China offers the greatest growth potential for the application of personal protection equipment (PPE) because of its booming manufacturing sector, combined with a relatively recent focus on workplace safety. That is one of the findings of 3M's... Read more...

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July 16, 2012
PPE designed for increased compliance
3M offers new earmuffs and headsets designed to be comfortable and convenient for increased compliance. On the Peltor H9A-02 earmuff, the lightweight ear cups have replaceable inserts to reduce moisture absorption. The Peltor H505B earmuff,... Read more...

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April 5, 2012
Testing system measures fit of hearing protectors
3M offers the E-A-Rfit Validation System, a quantitative hearing protector fit-test. The system features a new software upgrade, an expanded portfolio of probed earplugs for testing, and training materials. The system helps users achieve... Read more...

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February 1, 2012
New year, new welding helmets
There’s no better way to usher in the new year than to evaluate your safety equipment to make sure everything is in topnotch working order. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the one that protects to your head, face, and... Read more...

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June 27, 2011
3M wins American Technology Award for abrasives platform
The Cubitron II abrasives technology platform from 3M, St. Paul, Minn., has won the TechAmerica Foundation's American Technology Award in the manufacturing category. Also known as the Termans — in honor of Frederick Terman, the late Stanford... Read more...

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January 10, 2011
A feminine approach to PPE
Choosing the road less traveled has always been more Jessi Combs’ style. Growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota helped Combs appreciate speed, off-road vehicles, and the art of building a well-crafted automobile. Best known for... Read more...

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March 1, 2010
Heading off health hazards
Welding, cutting, and grinding processes hold many potential health hazards. The most notable of these are injuries that result from eye and face impacts, arc radiation, inhalation of airborne contaminants, and noise. According to the... Read more...

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March 10, 2009
Autodarkening welding helmet suitable for maintenance and construction workers, hobbyists
3M has introduced the 3M™ Speedglas™ 100 welding helmet and welding filter series. It is available in several graphic patterns or standard black. The helmet is suitable for maintenance or construction workers and hobbyists who weld... Read more...

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March 11, 2008
3M welding helmet wins international design award
The Speedglas™ SL (super-light) welding helmet and autodarkening filter (ADF) from 3M™, St. Paul, Minn., recently received an international Red Dot Design award. With more than 7,000 submissions from 60 countries, the international... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
Welding helmets in view
Choosing the right welding helmet is not as easy as it once was. Technology advances have turned these once simple pieces of protective equipment into smart, lightweight safety devices that, in some cases, can adapt their settings automatically... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Maximize comfort with the lightweight Speedglas SL welding helmet
3M's new Speedglas™ Super Light (SL) Welding Helmet and Auto-Darkening Filter (ADF) set a new standard for comfort and lightweight. The SL helmet is our lightest helmet today, weighing 25% lighter than our other Speedglas helmets.... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
New OSHA hexavalent chromium standards
Note: On Feb. 28, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) standard. The new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for Cr(VI) is 5 micrograms per cubic meter(g/m) as an... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
Benefits of autodarkening helmets come to light
In 1981 Hrnell, now part of 3M, commercialized its first autodarkening filter for a welding helment. Twenty-five years later autodarkening technology has established a firm place in the welding industry not only as a piece of equipment that... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
Drive fast, weld right
"Drive fast, turn left" may be a popular motto among race car drivers, but motorsports fabricators have their own: "Drive fast, weld right." A successful racing team is the sum of its parts, from the fabricators to the painters to the drivers.... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Auto-darkening welding shields let user select sensitivity
3M has introduced its WS series of welding shields for protection against eye injuries caused by arc welding, including ultraviolet and infrared radiation. The WS-320/37154 for SMAW, GMAW/MAG, and GTAW features an auto-darkening filter and... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Don't let your health go up in smoke
Increasing knowledge about the health hazards associated with breathing welding fumes and gases above certain concentrations and the serious illnesses that can result emphasizes the need to educate, train, and provide welders with... Read more...

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April 27, 2004
Disks, brushes clean, deburr without damaging underlying surface
The Scotch-Brite™ radial bristle disks and brushes from 3M are designed for industrial applications, such as cleaning metal before welding, removing discoloration and sealant, and deburring, without damaging the underlying surface. The... Read more...

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April 8, 2004
Gas mask respirators offered
3M offers National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved gas mask respirators for use in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments. The full-facepiece FR-M40B consists of a silicone facepiece, eyepiece... Read more...

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January 29, 2004
Respirator selection as a business decision
Several factors can help employers select a respirator that meets the required level of protection while having a positive business impact. Using this approach, employers can make choosing a respirator a business decision that can... Read more...

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August 29, 2002
Rejoice with the right respirator
When you ask a safety or health practitioner to recommend a welding respirator, be prepared to answer at least a dozen questions first. The first concern in selecting an appropriate respirator is the process contaminants. The base metal and... Read more...