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Avon Protection and Avon-ISI Announce NIOSH Industrial Certification for the ST53 SCBA System


Lawrenceville, GA – Avon Protection Systems, Inc and Avon-International Safety Instruments, Inc.,. leading designers and manufacturers of personal respiratory protection products, offering the most comprehensive suite of solutions for a wide-range of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) applications, announced today that the Avon-International Safety Instruments, Inc. ST53 SCBA system is now certified by NIOSH for industrial protection under 42 CFR 84 as SCBA. The ST53 SCBA system utilizes the NIOSH certified FM53 APR facemask as part of the ST53 System. The FM53 APR facemask is certified to NIOSH CBRN APR standard cap1 with the CBRNF12B filter canister under Avon Rubber p.l.c., manufactured by Avon Protection Systems. 

The Avon Protection ST53 system serves the unique respiratory requirements of special operations units, first responders, law enforcement, drug lab entry and remediation teams, specialist entry teams, SWAT teams, and non-DOD Federal agencies who must respond to changing operational conditions and respiratory threats.

“Avon is committed to providing our end users with innovative respiratory protection solutions that meet or exceed certification standards, such as NIOSH, to address new threats,” commented  Gary Dunn, vice president of sales and marketing for Avon Protection.  .“End-user safety is our top priority and we will continue to lead the charge in this area.” 

The industrial certified Avon ST53 SCBA system is a back frame mounted breathing apparatus with 30, 45 or 60 minute air cylinder options, and can be used with specified accessories including communications and additional visual enhancements. The complete system provides flexible respiratory protection against select Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) and particulate matter, including radioactive dust threats to the operator. 

Note: The ST53 system utilizes the NIOSH certified FM53 APR facemask as part of the ST53 System. The FM53 APR facemask can be configured to function as an SCBA, PAPR or CCBA. NIOSH does not certify or approve respirators for multi-functional, combination use. The ST53 is NIOSH certified for industrial protection under 42 CFR 84 as an SCBA only. The use of the FM53 APR facemask as a means for CBRN protection with an SCBA, PAPR or CCBA has not yet been approved or allowed by NIOSH.  

About Avon Protection (www.avon-protection.com)   
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 more than 80 years and is the sole provider 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.

About Avon-International Safety Instruments, Inc. (Avon-ISI) (www.avon-isi.com)
Avon-ISI is the leader in innovation and product servicing for respiratory protection products and thermal imaging solutions for the first responder community and the industrial marketplace. Firefighters across the United States also know International Safety Instruments (ISI) and its 30-year history of making innovative and easy-to-operate SCBAs. To capitalize on this, Avon-ISI renamed its fire service brand to the simpler ISI and introduced a newly designed logo in 2009, which reinforces the ISI tradition while acknowledging the partnership with the parent company, Avon Rubber p.l.c.

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