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Avon Receives NIOSH PAPR Approval

Issue 8 and Volume 13.

Avon's C50 mask with the C420 PAPR
Avon’s C50 mask with the C420 PAPR

Specialist and tactical responders can now take advantage of Avon Protection Systems, Inc.’s new C420 powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) system.

The C420 blower unit used with the company’s most advanced face masks recently received National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) approval.

“Avon Protection Systems is renowned for providing the best facepieces in the market,” said James Wilcox, the company’s commercial business development manager. “The NIOSH certification further enhances our product offering to specialist and tactical CBRN responders by enabling us to offer a more complete protection system.”

The C420 PAPR is now approved for use with the company’s CBRN FM12 mask and its latest generation C50 mask combined with the CBRNF12B canister. All can be effectively decontaminated for re-usability, the company said.

Avon said the C420 PAPR is a powerful, efficient, comfortable and lightweight system, filtering CBRN and other contaminants from ambient air, while providing a constant, filtered airflow greater than 115 lpm to the user’s facepiece.

Positive pressure in the mask reduces the physical burden of inhalation resistance and delivers a far higher performance than negative pressure respirators, the company said.

The fanning effect of the filtered airflow increases user comfort, thereby allowing extended use for difficult operations, such as urban search and rescue, according to the company. Optional battery packs can be replaced during use in a warm zone environment to ensure maximum operational effectiveness.

Avon Rubber p.l.c. is an international polymer engineering group that supplies a range of advanced CBRN respiratory protection solutions through Avon Protection Systems, Inc. to the world’s military and police forces, as well as first responders and emergency services. Avon Rubber p.l.c. owns Avon-ISI, which designs, develops and manufactures a range of self-contained breathing apparatus for fire, rescue and law enforcement, as well as military, applications.

For information call 888-AVON-440.

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