and industrial workers often work in environments with poor air quality. In
addition hot temperatures and the inability to communicate leads users to
remove their respiratory protection despite an increased risk of exposure to
hazards such as particulate matter, mold, dust, chemicals and toxic gases.
Michele Proctor, Project Coordinator for North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership between NC A&T University, East Carolina University and NC State University, has developed a novel light-weight respirator for use by agricultural and industrial workers. The powered air respirator features a self-contained head gear unit comprising a chin collar that easily adjusts to accommodate the user's facial structure. Air filtration chambers with replaceable filters located on either side of the chin collar form a sleek design that replaces respirators with bulky designed filter cartridges. A wide face shield combined with a cool flow exhalation valve provides maximum visibility even in hot and humid environments. Addition of the polycarbonate headband provides protection against debris, loud sounds and is Bluetooth capable to allow easy communication without removal of the respirator.