An air purifying escape respirator produced by ILC Dover that protects against chemical, biological and nuclear contamination has won approval from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The new mask benefits from an improved filtration capability that not only protects users from toxic gases, but also biological agents such as anthrax. The one-size-fits-all unit allows persons with glasses or beards to use the mask. Additionally, the clear hood and large visor permits users to perform a variety of tasks including using a telephone and other communication devices.
Developers also note the respirator’s hooded design tends to discourage claustrophobic reactions from users.