Emergency breathing devices deemed unsafe

Friday, 24 November, 2017

Workplaces have been advised by a SafeWork NSW safety alert to immediately remove unsafe emergency escape breathing devices from vehicles and buildings.

According to the report, the HFZY30 EEBD self-rescue respirators do not meet Australian Standard ‘AS/NZS 1716 Respiratory protection devices’ requirements. There is a potential life-threatening risk from use of the equipment in an emergency.

EEBDs provide wearers with a short-term supply of oxygen so they can escape situations where the air has been contaminated by gas, smoke or chemicals.

They are supplied by workplaces as precautionary safety devices and may also be found in heavy road transport vehicles.

Workplaces should replace HFZY30 EEBD with a device that is compliant with the relevant Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1716 Respiratory protection devices).

To find out more, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/safety-alert/removal-of-unsafe-emergency-escape-breathing-devices-from-vehicles-and-workplaces.

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