OHS Canada Magazine


July 8, 2004

Health & Safety

Enhanced Material Design Offers New Color, Improved Chemical Resistance

Smithfield, RI — Survivair, A Bacou-Dalloz Company, has enhanced the design and material construction of its popular Puma(tm) Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) hood to provide a better fit with improved chemical compatibility.

The Puma is the first NIOSH-certified, OSHA-compliant, hooded pressure demand SCBA designed to fit over beards and glasses. The hood provides an airtight neck seal and can be used any place a conventional mask can be used. Puma hoods are also frequently used by individuals with very large or very small faces who have difficulty fitting a regular face mask.

Changes to the design and construction include a new, 20-mil PVC lens for better clarity and chemical resistance, and the use of blue, Responder(r) material made by DuPont. Responder has been used in hazardous material response suits for many years and is familiar to many people in the safety industry. Offering improved chemical compatibility, the material is also stiffer, to provide a better fit.

Survivair’s line of Puma and Cougar SCBAs are industry standards, designed to meet the needs of users who do not require the performance of an NFPA compliant unit. Designed for use in environments that are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH), but without costly firefighting features, Puma and Cougar SCBAs offer a number of features to enhance the safety and comfort of the user, including a lightweight backpack, low-profile second stage regulator for better vision, First-Breath-On, and easy cylinder replacement.

Survivair, a division of Bacou-Dalloz, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of world-class respiratory protection equipment, protecting firefighters from smoke, fumes and toxic gases, and offering respiratory protection from airborne workplace hazards since 1961. For more than four decades, Survivair has manufactured self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), air purifying respirators (APR), supplied air respirators (SAR), and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR). In 1997, Survivair was acquired by Bacou USA, Inc., which joined with Dalloz in 2001 to form the world’s largest personal protection safety equipment company. Bacou-Dalloz provides head-to-toe protection through their core businesses: respiratory protection (gas detectors and respirators); eye and face protection (safety eyewear, laser protection and eyewash products); hearing protection (helmets, earmuffs and earplugs); fall protection (harnesses, lanyards, lifelines and fall arrest systems); and body protection (gloves, apparel and shoes).

For additional product information, contact:
3001 South Susan St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Tel: 888-APR-SCBA or +1 714-545-0410
Fax: 714-850-0299
Website: www.survivair.com
Email: scba@survivair.com

— To download hi-res digital photo, click http://www.trankin.com/hi-resphotos/pumahi-res.zip

Photo Caption:
Survivair’s Puma(tm) SCBA hood now provides a better fit and improved chemical compatibility. The hood fits over beards and glasses, and is frequently used by individuals with very large or very small faces.

reference: AIR7573.0803


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