Kier to trial high-tech respirators
Construction giant and ECA Member Kier is set to trial high-tech respirator helmets on construction sites.
The helmets, dubbed PowerCaps and developed by JSP, are equipped with air-purifying respirators that incorporate motorsport technology to provide the highest possible level of protection against dust and other airborne particles.
The PowerCap provides an Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 40, the highest possible level (as defined by standard EN 12941:1998 + A2: 2008).
It combines head, eye, face and respiratory protection, with the option of adapting the unit to offer hearing protection with Sonis helmet-mounted ear defenders.
Mark Starling, safety health and environmental manager at Kier Construction, said to Construction Manager, “If you go to HS2 or Tideway, they are more common but in more traditional construction projects, these things are not out there because they cost around £700.
“But there are significant advantages – a disposable mask is £2.50, so if you go through a load of those in a year, you will save money by getting a PowerCap. You also don’t need a face fit to use them and they offer all-in-one protection.”