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Headgear combines face and respiratory protection for enhanced worker safety

13 October 2021

Honeywell announced a new line of ergonomic and lightweight headpieces that combine face and respiratory protection for challenging work environments such as oil and gas, chemical production and manufacturing worksites.

Honeywell North Primair 900 (PA900) Series Headgear delivers an all-in-one eye, face, head and respiratory safety solution, providing ANSI-certified and NIOSH-approved protection for a range of applications.

"Keeping workers safe on the job requires innovative, user-centred personal protective equipment to drive user compliance, so that workers will wear their gear consistently and correctly to avoid workplace injuries," says Kristin Ware, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Honeywell Respiratory Protection. "Now, with our new PA900 series, workers can get the protection they need without sacrificing comfort or productivity." 

Oil and gas, chemical and manufacturing workers are often required to use powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) to protect them from inhaling harmful dust, vapours and gas. With the PA900 Series Headgear, Honeywell designers delivered a solution that allows users to perform their jobs, breathe comfortably and help users stay safe from workplace hazards.

This new product is designed to make PAPR headgear lighter and more comfortable for the wearer because of its ergonomic design and is easy to put on and take off. Notably, the PA920 won a 2021 Red Dot design award, recognising its best-in-class design and ability to marry functionality and safety

With its optimised air-flow distribution, air can be kept away from the worker's face to avoid dry eyes or directed toward the face for cooling, making it easier to perform on the job tasks comfortably. The ratchet at the back of the headpiece is easy to grab and adjust to ensure a precise fit for various head sizes, even when wearing gloves. The anti-fog and anti-scratch visor provides clear visibility with downward and peripheral vision. 

PAPRs are reliable, sustainable and deliver respiratory, face, eye and sometimes head protection depending on the headgear style. The PA900 Series Headgear offers a high degree of functionality and protection for workers in various work environments and is compatible with other personal protective equipment such as eyewear and hearing protection. For a fully integrated PAPR solution, the PA900 Series Headgear can be paired with the belt-mounted Honeywell North Primair 700 Series blower kit. 

With long-standing expertise in respiratory protection and a deep understanding of worker needs, Honeywell engineers all types of respiratory protection solutions. Honeywell produces a range of respiratory protection products for workers, including NIOSH-approved N95 disposable respirators, reusable half masks and full facepiece respirators.

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