|Scott SV-2000 facepiece with CBRN canister. (Scott Photo)|
Scott Health & Safety has received approval from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for use of the Scott AV-2000 facepiece as a air-purifying respirator (APR) for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) contamination.
The company said the AV-2000, using Scott’s Top-Down Convertibility design feature, can be converted from a CBRN APR to a CBRN self-contained breathing apparatus application without using tools.
The NIOSH CBRN approval of the popular facepiece as an air-purifying respirator provides advantages for first responders using Scott SCBAs in CBRN environments, the company said.
This universal application of CBRN approval, according to the company, allows first responders to handle virtually any emergency situation without carrying two different facepieces and changing out facepieces in the field.
“This new CBRN approval will allow thousands of our customers to reduce their inventories of CBRN-approved facepieces,” said Marty Lorkowski, Scott Health & Safety’s industrial marketing manager. “In addition, costs associated with multiple fit tests are eliminated. This will allow all first repsonders to use the same facepiece within all CBRN incidents.”
The AV-2000 CBRN air-purifying respirator is a complete system that uses the AV-2000 facepiece – identified by a grey nosecup and Kevlar head harness – with the Scott CBRN 40mm adapter and CBRN Cap-1 canister. The one-time-use CBRN canister has a shelf life of seven years from the date of manufacture as long as it remains sealed in its original packaging.
“In addition to the reduced costs of inventory and fit testing, there are numerous other benefits to the first responder, including the ability to quickly transition from SCBA hot-zone applications to triage or decontamination without changing their facepiece,” Lorkowski said. “Simply removing the SCBA and a quarter turn of the CBRN 40mm adapter and canister allows the first responder to remain active in the emergency.”
The AV-2000 facepiece is fully interchangeable with Scott’s full line of SCBAs, air-supplied respirators and other air-purifying respirators, as well as Scott’s communications products, the company said.
Scott Health & Safety, a business unit of Tyco International, is a top manufacturer of respiratory and other personal protective equipment and safety devices for firefighters, industrial workers, police squads, militaries, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, the Scott product line includes SCBA, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, and firefighter locators.
For information call 800-247-7257 or go to www.scotthealthsafety.com.