Accession Number:

AD1040928

Title:

WI-CERFP Respiratory Protection Optimization: A Detailed Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

Each member of the Wisconsin Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package WI-CERFP is currently assigned a standard IRT Promask 2000 Powered Air Purifying PAPR system. Every member of the military, including the CERFP, is also assigned an Avon M50 Air Purifying Respirator APR. In the event a non-CERFP member is called upon to assist with a CERFP mission, the only respiratory protection available is the Avon M50 APR. This research answers, How does the Avon M50 APR compare to the Promask 2000 APRPAPR and what is the recommended respiratory protection for the WI-CERFP The evaluation framework was used to compare the respiratory protection available to determine the best configuration based on matching the capabilities of the protection with the expected hazards. It was determined that hazards are different based on the zones of operation when responding to a natural or manmade disaster and different respirator types are best depending on the specific zone. The Avon M50 APR is the preferred escape respirator for any personnel not actively engaged in a hazardous environment, while the IRT Promask PAPR is preferred in areas containing airborne hazards not immediately dangerous to life and health. During the course of this research, it was discovered that the IRT Promask PAPR system has a high level of testing failure, posing great risk to personnel relying upon the respirator for continued health and safety. As a result, further research was performed, discovering an alternate Avon M53A1 respirator which can accept a PAPR for the same increased protection within the hazard zone. The final recommendation is to pursue the Avon M53A1 APRPAPR as a replacement for the Avon M50 APR and IRT Promask 2000 PAPR system for the greatest level of safety, efficiency, and cost savings

Subject Categories:

  • Life Support Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE