Avon Protection

Avon launches NH15 Filter Escape Hood into the oil and gas industry

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2010 08:33 BST

Due to the long distance toxic effect of a potential sour gas (H2₂S) and Sulphur Dioxide (SO₂) release, it is essential that production and construction site workers in the oil and gas industry have respiratory protective equipment available to them at all times. With this in mind Avon Protection, a part of Avon Rubber p.l.c., has developed the world’s most compact NIOSH certified H₂S Filter Escape Hood, which has been designed to protect individuals in their safe escape from a toxic emergency, and will be on show for the first time at ADIPEC between 1-4 November.


Avon’s NH15 Filter Escape Hood has been designed to meet the latest oil and gas industry safety challenge time standards of 100 minutes protection at an on-site H₂S concentration level of 5,000ppm. It is quick and easy to use – from opening the packaging through to donning the hood, the wearer can be safe in less than 30 seconds. Once donned, the NH15 provides the user with a wide and clear view of the scene, as well as the ability to easily recognise and communicate with colleagues. In areas of high humidity, it has been designed to minimise condensation and fogging levels within the hood – very important if you are in the midst of an emergency.


Further benefits the NH15 has over other respiratory protection include it being able to fit all head sizes, plus it can accommodate all facial features such as beards, turbans and long hair as well as equipment such as spectacles and goggles. It is compact and lightweight, and can be carried round on a utility belt or stored in confined spaces. Finally, it has a five year zero inspection and maintenance shelf life. All of this combines to make the NH15 Emergency Hood one of the safest, most cost efficient pieces of respiratory equipment available to the oil and gas industry.


Steve Windley, Avon Protection’s Regional Sales Manager to the Middle East, explains: “Here at Avon Protection, we have been working with leading HSE providers in the Middle East to design the most compact H₂S/SO₂ filter escape hood which meets the oil and gas industry’s latest safety challenge times for high ppm levels of toxic gases that would be present during a rig or refinery emergency.”


For further information on the NH15 and other key respiratory equipment, please visit www.avon-protection.com.


ENDS                                                                                                                                     September 2010


Media contact at Avon Protection: Andy Parker on (0)1225 896558 or andy.parker@avon-rubber.com


About Avon Protection:

Avon Protection, an Avon Rubber p.l.c. company is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of CBRN respiratory protection equipment. Avon has been supplying respirators to the UK Ministry of Defence and other NATO allies for over 80 years and is the sole supplier of military respirators to the US armed forces, supplying the M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask. With new conflicts and threat scenarios creating additional daily risks for individuals in military, law enforcement, first responder and emergency service applications, Avon Protection maintains a market leading position by investing in continual research and development to meet changing operational requirements.