ILC Dover, the manufacturer of protective equipment for the most demanding applications, announced that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved its SCape® CO/CBRN30 Escape Mask.
This easy-to-use respirator is the only one of its kind that meets the stringent NIOSH standards for an escape respirator that can be used for 30 minute duration for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) and carbon monoxide (CO) protection. Most victims of fire are not injured by heat or flames, but rather by smoke and gases, especially carbon monoxide. Protection from CO could mean the difference between life and death for people trying to evacuate homes or buildings during a fire – especially high rises, subways, factories, hospitals, government agencies and other densely populated structures. According to the CDC, each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older, unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems.
“ILC Dover has a long history of protecting people from extremely dangerous toxins and elements in some of the most demanding environments–including space and the battlefield,” said Doug Durney, director of marketing and new business development, ILC Dover. “This unsurpassed expertise is leveraged when creating and manufacturing all of our personal protective products including the SCape CO/ CBRN30 , which offers the highest level of protection available and is the most user-friendly escape mask available today.”
Since Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an ever-increasing demand for civilian escape masks that are capable of protecting untrained users from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) inhalants. Hazardous conditions may be caused by spills of toxic gases or liquids from trucks, rail cars or industrial plants or could be the result of terrorist attacks.
Unlike other escape masks, the SCape CO/CBRN30 can be used by persons with glasses and/or facial hair, has no securing straps, nose cup, or mouth bit and utilizes a positive-flow ventilation system that automatically activates when removed from the package. Its clear hood with large visor allows the user to perform a wide range of tasks, such as using a cell phone or other communication device, and to be more easily recognized while reducing the feelings of claustrophobia. Other features include a comfortable neck seal and blower indicator light.