Blasting and Grinding Markets
Bullard has been a leader in the abrasive blasting and grinding industries since the 1930s. At that time, we developed a supplied air abrasive blasting respirator for use in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, Bullard has continued producing innovative, durable, effective respirators that keep worker comfort and fit as a priority.
The harsh conditions experienced in abrasive blasting and grinding require advanced protection. Bullard has also taken into consideration the wearer’s comfort in our designs for these applications. You’ll find optimum visibility with no “closed in feeling,” easily replaceable components and climate control options.
Whether blasting with sand, coal slag, walnut shells or another industrial material, the workers need protection against the dangerous rebound created in this process. Each Bullard cape is NIOSH-approved for use with Bullard abrasive blasting respirators and features a comfortable, sewn-in, spandex neck cuff designed to provide a physical barrier to airborne contaminants. In addition, durable head protection is provided with the 88VX, and optional head protection is available with the GR50.
The Bullard 88VX has been proven to achieve Assigned Protection Factors of 1,000 in third party testing. This is in sharp contrast to an Air Purifying Respirator (APR) which is only rated for 10 APF (half-face) and 50 APF (full-face) and does not meet the NIOSH requirements of a Type CE respirator, which includes rebound protection.
Abrasive blasting respirators are defined as Type CE by NIOSH according to 42CFR84 as follows: 84.130 Supplied-air respirators; description.
(f) “Type “CE” supplied-air respirators. A type “C” supplied-air respirator equipped with additional devices designed to protect the wearer’s head and neck against impact and abrasion from rebounding abrasive material, and with shielding material such as plastic, glass, woven wire, sheet metal, or other suitable material to protect the window(s) of facepieces, hoods and helmets which do not unduly interfere with the wearer’s vision and permit easy access to the external surface of such window(s) for cleaning.”
Our expertise in designing superior products for the blasting and grinding markets is showcased in the following supplied air respirators:
Only original Bullard replacement parts should be used. Use of “will-fit” or “pirate” replacement parts void NIOSH approval and could result in serious injury or death. For more on this, please read http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/pdfs/UsersNotice05042007.pdf
The following letter comes directly from www.cdc.gov. For the original text, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/run-052396a.html
NIOSH Respirator User Notices
May 23, 1996
SUBJECT: All Users of Type CE, Abrasive-Blast Supplied-Air Respirators
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is updating information on (1) the kinds of respirators approved for abrasive-blast (sandblasting) operations and (2) the NIOSH recommendations for selection and use of these respirators. This information replaces the NIOSH Respirator User Notice dated October 4, 1993.CURRENT CERTIFIED ABRASIVE-BLASTING RESPIRATORS
Type CE abrasive-blast supplied-air respirators are the only respirators suitable for use in abrasive-blasting operations.* Currently, there are four kinds of Type CE abrasive-blast respirators certified by NIOSH. These four kinds of respirators and the NIOSH recommended assigned protection factors † (APF) are:
† Note: OSHA APFs for abrasive blasting operations may differ somewhat from NIOSH recommended APFs. The reader should consult with his/her local OSHA office for details. NIOSH RECOMMENDATIONS
NIOSH recommends the following for all abrasive-blasting operations:
If you require additional information, or have further questions, please direct your request to:
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