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Embracing Safety: Respirex's electrostatically tested Personal Protective Equipment for ATEX classified environments

14 May 2024

Respirex International specialises in providing tailored Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for explosive environments, crucial for industries facing such risks. Their range meets stringent regulations and ensures safety in complex settings where standard PPE may not be sufficient, emphasising both compliance and effectiveness in safeguarding workers.

In industries where explosive atmospheres are a risk, selecting the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical. The complexity of such environments, where standard PPE might not suffice, necessitates equipment that ensures both safety and compliance with stringent regulations. Respirex International stands out in this regard, offering a range of PPE designed specifically for use in explosive (Ex) environments (ATEX Workplace Directive 1999/92/EC), adhering closely to the ATEX Equipment Directive (2014/34/EU).
The selection of appropriate PPE for explosive environments is more intricate than in other settings. Common misconceptions can lead to unsafe practices; for instance, not all antistatic PPE is suitable for explosive environments. It’s crucial for safety managers to ensure that the equipment they choose not only meets general safety standards but is also tested for specific explosive zones. This is where Respirex’s specialised ATEX-tested suits come into play.
Respirex’s innovative solutions include a variety of suits made from Chemprotex 300, a high-performance chemical barrier fabric. These suits are engineered to prevent the buildup of electrostatic charge – an essential feature for safety in explosive atmospheres. Each suit variant is tailored for different needs and environments:
- GTL ESD: A single-use gas-tight suit for emergency responders that encapsulates the wearer and breathing apparatus (Type 1a ET).

- GLS 300 Range: Lightweight, single-use industrial gas-tight suits available in three versions; GLS 300 A - an encapsulating design that covers the wearer and the breathing apparatus (Type 1a), GLS 300 B – A design for SCBA worn outside the suit (Type 1b) and the GLS 300 C air-fed (Type 1c) Suit

- ActiveAir Range: Air-fed, liquid-tight (Type 3) suits for use in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries with a choice of integral or removable air systems
All these suits are electrostatically tested and can be used in designated ATEX classified dust and gas zones (see website for full details), ensuring comprehensive coverage across a spectrum of potentially hazardous environments.
Additionally, Respirex’s range includes the Hazmax ESD and Solestar ESD safety boots. These boots are essential for maintaining a grounded, safe pathway for electrostatic charges, crucial in preventing sparks in explosive environments.
For organisations operating in or around potentially explosive atmospheres, Respirex’s range of ATEX PPE provides a robust solution to meet regulatory requirements while ensuring the safety of personnel. Always consult with the manufacturer to confirm the suitability of PPE for specific environments, and never compromise on the quality or appropriateness of protective gear in such high-risk areas.

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