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Ansell Introduces New CBRN Protective Suit in U.S.

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, today announced the U.S. launch of Trellchem ACT, a new protective solution for law enforcement responders dealing with consequences of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) terrorism incidents.

Duties of the law enforcement community have become much more complex and challenging with the realization of new kind of threats, as introduced by the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Today, law enforcement teams are expected to take active roles in the response to terrorism and potential terrorist threats.

The personal protective equipment (PPE) used by these responders consequently needs to be adapted to fulfill the special demands and requirements set forth by close contact with various CBRN substances, while at the same time not limiting the ability for adequate response. To be truly effective, PPE equipment intended for safekeeping of law enforcement personnel must consider and put focus on both garment material, as well as garment design and comfort.

Trellchem ACT is developed with a system-level perspective to offer law enforcement and other CBRN terrorism response teams the best possible protection and comfort when engaging in incidents involving high levels of CBRN hazards where concentrations are recognized to be at IDLH levels (lethal).

Highlighted features of the suit include:

  • Strong, durable and lightweight technical fabric
  • Fluoro-based barrier film
  • High level wearer comfort
  • Minimum noise level from being active in the suit
  • Elasticated waist for good fit
  • Shoulder paddings to ease discomfort from the SCBA load
  • External neck strap fitted for optimal comfort of the hood
  • 3D shaped mask seal of hood for maximum safety
  • Gloves are offered with permanent or ring attachment options

“With TRELLCHEM ACT, Ansell is expanding its protective clothing offering in a new and exciting direction” says François le Jeune, Senior Vice President Business Development and Transformational Initiatives at Ansell. “By combining our unique knowledge of protective clothing solutions with user comfort requirements, we are helping to protect these brave responders in their most challenging missions.”

The ACT ensemble fulfils NFPA 1994 (class 2), 2012 edition and consists of garment, gloves, and footwear tested and certified as one protective system, with a manufacturer specified CBRN respiratory protective device. For the Trellchem ACT ensemble, SCBA units by both Scott and MSA has been certified and approved for use, along with Onguard Hazmax® boots as protective footwear.

Source: Ansell press release, adapted. Trellchem® is a registered trademark owned by Trelleborg AB. Hazmax® is a registered trademark of ONGUARD Industries, L.L.C.

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