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Surgical Mask vs Respirator
A surgical mask is to stop the saliva/water droplets. It cannot stop any virus, germs etc. It is not air tight either. The reason why a dentist dons a surgical mask is to catch any possible saliva/water droplets from the patient. For a respirator, it is to stop germs etc. Therefore it has to be air tight, which is a good seal between your face and the respirator. It is to ensure all the air will go through a filtering piece. A good seal is critical. Any facial hair or gap can render the respirator ineffective. We have seen people wearing a respirator with only one rubber band across the cheek, and one rubber band hanging under the chin – A sense of false security.
By the way, N in N95 respirator for Non-oil proof. You may see P100 or R99. P stands for oil proof, and R stands for oil resistant. If you cannot find N95 respirator in the market, P100, P99, R99 or R95 will do the job. Unless you are a medical professional, a surgical mask will be good enough.
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Five years, not Three years, for OSHA Repeat Violations
In the old days, say, before 2015, OSHA could only go back three years for repeat violations. In those days, if you got cited a serious citation, you might just pay a small fine, and hoped you would not get a repeat citation in the following three years. Starting in 2015, OSHA might go back FIVE (5) years for repeat violations. Contesting a serious citation may become necessary because the potential for getting a repeat violation can cost a fortune, which can be as high as $129336. If you get cited a serious citation coming from a routine operation, you may want to review your safety policy and consider fighting the citation. That serious citation can become a very expensive repeat citation five years down the road.