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Development of Both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-Rescuer.


PB2013101133

Publication Date 2011
Personal Author Chambers, P.
Page Count 82
Abstract In December of 2006, TPI responded to two RFP's from NIOSH seeking technical proposals to design and build novel respirators for use in the mining industry. One RFP sought a dockable, self-contained, self-rescuer (SCSR) to allow for extended respiratory protection during mine escape, and the other was for a hybrid mine escape respirator incorporating both air-purifying, and self-contained types of respirators, also for the purpose of extending the time available for escaping miners to receive respiratory protection. TPI recognized a commonality in the two RFPs and responded to both with designs that could be produced independently, but which shared several fundamental features. In evaluating TPI's responses to the RFPs, NIOSH recognized a benefit in the shared design features and awarded one contract for TPI to pursue both concepts resulting in one conceptual product referred to as the dockable/hybrid SCSR. This SCSR would be configured to allow any suitably equipped breathing device (CO Filter Self Rescuer or another SCSR) to connect (dock) to the base unit and to allow the user to switch between them without 'breaking seal'. This dockable unit would retain the capacity to accept multiple changes of O2 supply or filters over an extended period as the useful life of any individual add-on unit is expended.
Keywords
  • Breathing apparatus
  • Underground mining
  • Safety devices
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Filters
  • Miners
  • Mining industry
  • Respiratory protective equipment
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Technical Products, Inc., Sterling, MA.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh, PA.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh, PA.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 201301
Contract Number
  • 200-2007-19569
Development of Both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-Rescuer.
Development of Both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-Rescuer.
PB2013101133

  • Breathing apparatus
  • Underground mining
  • Safety devices
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Filters
  • Miners
  • Mining industry
  • Respiratory protective equipment
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 200-2007-19569
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