A Change to ESAB Filtair Masks Protects Staff and Cuts Costs

Ferguson Shipbuilders is now specifying ESAB Filtair Flat and Filtair Pro disposable respirator masks for use in its fabrication shop at Port Glasgow, Scotland. "We were using another disposable mask but working with ESAB and supplier Alpha Solway we decided to change to Filtair masks for quality and cost control reasons," explains Graeme Stevenson, Health & Safety Officer at the plant. Only ESAB Filtair masks are now used at the Ferguson fabrication works.

Whilst best known for its ship building capability, Ferguson now delivers engineering services across a range of industry sectors and is a leading provider of fabrication services for a range of applications. The company delivers solutions for materials handling, fluids distribution, system hydraulics, power distribution and management, and civil engineering. Outputs range from large scale mechanical structures such as bridges and piles, to specialist mechanical engineering devices.

"In our 5000 square metre fabrication space we could be building anything from a ship to a bridge, working with a variety of metals, TIG, MIG and MMA welding technologies as well as using plasma and gas cutting equipment," adds Graeme Stevenson. "At peak workload there could be 100 operatives working in the fabrication space who, to ensure safe working conditions, will all need ESAB Filtair respirator masks whether they are welders, grinders, fitters or other operatives.

"Working with ESAB we use the colour coding for the masks which makes it a simple choice to decide on the appropriate level of protection for any particular task." The Filtair Flat and Filtair Pro ranges meet the requirements of EN 149:2001 and are CE marked in accordance with the requirements of European Directive 89/686/EEC. Filtair Flat and Pro have been developed to improve the comfort of disposable respirators whilst maintaining an excellent face fit. Using the latest filtering technology and low profile valves, breathing resistance is reduced. Colour coding of the range makes identification simple. Filtair's outer mesh shell supports the filter media, maintains shape and prevents collapse onto face. Use of the latest filter technology keeps breathing resistance low. A nose clip free, preformed nose bridge provides a comfortable fit. The wide, continuous loop head strap distributes the tension and avoids tight spots. The Filtair adjustable clipped head strap ensures a good face fit and allows respirator to drop away from face when not in use. A low profile valve maintains a full field of vision and reduces heat and moisture build up in the respirator.


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