3M launches easy-to-use respiratory protection for explosive environments

The IS TR-800 Series complies with the stringent Zone 0 requirements of the ATEX directive1 and UK DSEAR requirements

3M, the science-based technology company, has unveiled its Versaflo IS Powered Air Respirator TR-800 Series, a powered air respirator that is comfortable, easy-to-use and provides the highest levels of protection for workers operating in potentially explosive environments.

The Versaflo IS Powered Air Respirator TR-800 Series from 3M, is intrinsically safe (IS), meaning that it is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy to ignite hazardous atmospheric mixtures. Indeed, the IS TR-800 Series complies with the stringent Zone 0 requirements of the ATEX directive1 and UK DSEAR requirements.

Simon Field, technical specialist for the Personal Safety Division at 3M says: "Whether you are mixing and granulating compounds in a pharmaceutical facility or working with combustible gases in the oil and gas industry, for example, the IS TR-800 Series from 3M is built for environments where IS equipment is essential."

As part of the Versaflo family by 3M, the IS TR-800 Series can be used with Versaflo headtops, belts and other accessories to create a CE-approved respirator system featuring: three airflow rates; audible and visual alarms; and compatibility with a wide variety of gas, vapour and particulate filters.

The interchangeability of the Versaflo accessories from 3M enables a powered air respirator to be built that is tailored precisely to meet the needs of a specific application. For those working in oil and gas environments, for example, the ergonomic design allows for greater freedom of movement in tight workspaces during plant turnaround and maintenance activities.

Simon concludes: “The IS TR-800 Series from 3M safeguards the respiratory health of those working in potentially explosive atmospheres, while offering comfort, modularity, control and ease of use."

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