TYPES OF FIRE GOGGLES
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The human eye is very susceptible to damage and needs the correct protection and comfort particularly in fire hazards from simple eyedrops to specific eyewear and goggles/faceshields.
Some goggles are a single piece lens that can be fitted over glasses.
Slimline versions often have a two piece lens design and are more comfortable when used under helmets.
Some goggles tested to AS1337 can be both stand alone or attached to an AS1801 Certified bushfire helmet.
TYPES OF RESPIRATORS FOR FIRE FIGHTING
Disposable active carbon respirators reduce smoke & chemicals more than standard disposable respirators.
Types of respirators are also classified by the type of hazard they protect against.
Negative-Pressure Negative-pressure respirators rely on the wearer to pull air in through cartridges or filter.
Filtering Facepiece Disposable respirators, also known as filtering facepieces, are used to help protect against some particulate hazards.
Reusable respirators Reusable types can be used with particulate filters, gas and vapor cartridges or combination cartridges.
Half-face respirators Half face types cover the lower half of the face, including the nose and mouth.
Full-Face respirators Full-face respirators cover the eyes and much of the face, and can sometimes replace the need for safety glasses.
Positive Pressure respirators Positive-pressure respirators do the work of pushing air to the respirator headtop or facepiece.
Tight Fit respirators
Loose-fitting respirators typically have a hood or helmet.
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.
DON’T FORGET THE CORRECT EYE DROPS,FILTERS, FIRE SAFETY EYEWEAR AND ANTIFOG WIPES.
TYPES OF PARTICULATE FILTERS
There are different types of particulate filters and gas and vapour cartridges.
As per AS/NZS 1715 there are 3 different classes of particulate filters, P1, P2 and P3.
The negative pressure particulate categories are based facepiece coverage. All particulate filtering facepieces that cover the nose and mouth area only can achieve only a P1 or P2 classification. A P3 classification can ONLY be achieved when worn with a full facepiece.
- Class P1 particulate filters are used against mechanically generated particulates e.g. silica and wood dust.
- Class P2 particulate filters are used for protection against mechanically and thermally generated particulates or both
P2 Respiration Mask is intended for use against bushfire smoke,metal fumes,lead, silica & coal dust, asbestos fibre, bacteria, fungi + more. Great to keep at home or in the car in case of bushfire.
- Class P3 particulate filters are used for protection against highly toxic or highly irritant particulates e.g. beryllium (when worn with a full facepiece). Certain contaminants may have specific respiratory selection criteria..
- Gas and vapour cartridges categories are distinguished by their filter type and class. Some commonly used filter types are:
- Filter type A = Certain organic vapours (boiling point above 65⁰C) from solvents such as those in paints and thinners (cartridge label colour = brown)
- Filter type B = Acid gases such as chlorine, hydrogen sulfide (sulphide) and sulfur dioxide (cartridge label colour = grey)
- Filter type E = Vapours from sulfur dioxide (cartridge colour = yellow)
- Filter type ABE = are suitable for both certain organic vapours/acid gases and sulfur dioxide e.g. solvents, chlorine and sulfur dioxide (cartridge label colour = brown, grey and yellow)
- Filter type K = ammonia gas (cartridge label colour = green)
- Filter type ABEK = are suitable for both certain organic vapours/acid gases, sulfur dioxide and ammonia (cartridge label colour = brown, grey, yellow and green)