Avon Protection's Innovative FM53 Mask Awarded CE Certification

Avon Protection, part of Avon Rubber p.l.c., has received CE certification for its multi-functional FM53 mask. This, along with the recent NIOSH award, cements the FM53’s position as the most advanced respiratory solution on the market, and Avon as the overall leading designer and manufacturer of CBRN respiratory products.

The technically advanced FM53 is the first mask with twin 40mm filter ports to be awarded CE approval. These ports allow the user to easily select a right or left mounted filter. They also enable the use of the unique ST53 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which provides a filter and SCBA capability at the same time at the switch of a button. The ST53™ SCBA system is currently going through its CE approval and it is anticipated that this will be available as a CE approved product in April 2010.

The FM53 is the only mask of its kind that has been specifically designed to protect users against the multiple threats and meet the asymmetric warfare challenge of today. This is due to the patented twin exhalation valve that provides end users with the capability to use the mask as a negative or positive pressure respirator via an easily accessible lever on the Variable Resistance Exhalation Unit (VREU), therefore enabling different threat environments to be entered without the need to change equipment. It offers the user the highest levels of comfort, and is available with a variety of features such as panoramic optically correct flexible visors, clear, sunlight, laser and blublocker outserts, voice projection units and interchangeable nosecups for maximum comfort and fit. Finally, the FM53 is interoperable with all communications systems.

Both the FM53, and the ST53™, provide protection against traditional chemical and biological warfare agents, select Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) and particulate matter, including radioactive dust threats. This means a high protection factor for the wearer, and therefore complete peace of mind. With CE approval, and NIOSH last year, the FM53 is now accessible to a wider range of users, from SWAT teams, worldwide Special Forces and the FBI to leading European police forces, several of whom are currently trialling and evaluating the system for their officers.

Matt Evans, Sales and Marketing Director, explains: “We at Avon design and manufacture respiratory solutions that focus on end user needs, by creating features that offer improved comfort, ease of use and adaptability with other systems. The FM53 is no exception, and is widely renowned as the best the marketplace has to offer in terms of respiratory systems. With CE approval being added to its long list of benefits, it is perfect for a broad range of users where the situations entered demand a versatile respirator with the ability to change according to the threat faced. Adding the CE mark is therefore a significant move forward, enabling us to target markets that so far have not had the opportunity to work with this exceptional respirator.”   

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

For more information, contact: Andy Parker, PR Manager Phone: (0)1225 896558 Email: andy.parker@avon-rubber.com