Control of particle cartridges: Is your respiratory protection device still certified?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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At the Scott Safety production site, the latest robotic technologies operate continuously to produce the best possible filter quality and thus guarantee adequate protection for asbestos cleaners. Each particulate filter is analyzed individually at the end of the production process. Models that fail the penetration test, which should not exceed 0.05%, are immediately discarded. This considerable technological investment is part of the company's zero-defect policy and ensures the systematic achievement of the required quality levels. With robots working seamlessly, Scott Safety offers customers unbeatable turnaround time and delivery time.
Used by operators in high-risk asbestos environments, ventilated respirators can block 99.95% of airborne particulate matter, ensuring high protection.

One of the essential components of these devices is their filter. But did you know that to preserve the validity of the safety certifications supplied with the device when you purchase it, you only need to use the manufacturer's particle cartridges that have been tested and approved for this specific equipment? Otherwise, employers and their employees are exposed to regulatory and safety risks.

Particulate filters play an essential role in the performance of the mask and the hood. They are subjected to rigorous tests in their entirety, from the engine to the battery, via the hose, exhalation valve and seal of the mask or hood. System. Ventilated respirators must comply with the European standard for breathing apparatus with helmet or hood (EN 12941) or complete mask (EN 12942) in order to be marketed. In addition, the CE certification issued to the manufacturer for a ventilated respiratory protection device as a complete solution ensures that the equipment complies with legal safety requirements.
As a high-value consumable, which can be replaced whenever the ventilated respirator is used, the particle filter has a permanent cost to the company. Aware of this factor, Scott Safety seeks to minimize the cost of ownership of ventilated respiratory protective devices throughout their lifetime by offering filters at a competitive price.

However, because of the number of particulate filters available on the market, Scott has identified a worrying trend that companies are purchasing compatible alternatives, to the detriment of official filters tested and approved for equipment. Designed to operate optimally as a complete system, Scott Safety can only guarantee an adequate quality and level of protection against asbestos when the ventilator is equipped with an official filter. The technicians are adequately protected and the customer benefits from Scott Safety's extensive technical expertise and rigorous approach to safety.

So when we talk about the risk of mesothelioma, asbestosis and cancer, can we afford to use a non-certified particulate filter? The safest method is to wear adequate respiratory protection. It is therefore imperative to ascertain the source of the filters that are used with an asbestos-assisted respiratory protection device.

At the Scott Safety production site, the latest robotic technologies operate continuously to produce the best possible filter quality and thus guarantee adequate protection for asbestos cleaners. Each particulate filter is analyzed individually at the end of the production process. Models that fail the penetration test, which should not exceed 0.05%, are immediately discarded. This considerable technological investment is part of the company's zero-defect policy and ensures the systematic achievement of the required quality levels. Robots operate optimally 24 hours a day, Scott Safety offers its customers unbeatable production and delivery times.

Clearly aware of the needs of the asbestos removal market, Scott Safety has developed a range of solutions that allow users to remain focused on their work without worrying about their equipment. Scott Safety's range of breathing respirators offer user-friendliness, comfort and simplicity of decontamination.
Author: Michael Haguinet is responsible for EMEA products at Scott Safety, a provider of solutions for the asbestos removal industry.

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