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It’s about to get a bit “hairy” … So, you want to grow out your beard, but wear a tight-fitting respirator at work? Ensuring the respirator seal is a vital part of respiratory protection practices. Facial hair that lies along the sealing area of a respirator, such as beards, sideburns, or some mustaches, will interfere with respirators that rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is a common reason that someone cannot be fit tested. The reason for this is simple – gases, vapors, and particles in the air will take the path of least...

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As a bearded man himself, Tim Mousseau believes every man should grow a beard. His reasons might surprise you. I am a bearded man and believe every man should grow a beard. For the longest time, I was a clean shaven individual, a boy with a barren face. Mostly because I did not know how to style my facial follicles. In college, I grew awkward shapes that did not fully cover my face and looked awful. Right out of college I let it grow a little patchy but it was the summer time and I just looked sweaty. Then came...

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