Oil and Gas

Leading UK PPE manufacturer launches reusable respiratory range for protection against workplace hazards

The new Alpha Sentinel range protects against some of the most dangerous respiratory hazards found in the workplace

The UK’s largest PPE manufacturer, Globus Group, has launched a new range of face masks to protect workers against extremely hazardous substances found in the workplace, including gas and vapour exposure, and diesel exhaust emissions. The new design provides improved comfort and fit to help encourage good PPE compliance.

Prolonged exposure to hazardous substances over an extended period is known to be extremely harmful, with workers in the offshore oil and gas industry at particularly high risk. Over 650 people a year die of lung or bladder cancer as a result of being exposed to diesel fumes at work. In addition, exposure to gas and vapours in the oil and gas industry is known to cause serious health conditions including cancer, genetic damage, narcosis, and toxicity by inhalation.

The Alpha Sentinel range has been designed for superior fit and comfort for workers, especially those wearing the masks for long periods of time. Lead Product Designer Josh Moffat said, “When it came to designing the Alpha Sentinel range we really tried to prioritise the end-user. We know that workers are often wearing these masks for long periods of time, and so focusing on comfort and fit means that they are more likely to be worn correctly and workers can be confident that they are getting the right protection.

He continued, “Looking beyond fit and comfort, we know that another big reason for PPE non-compliance is masks getting too hot, so we have designed our unique large exhalation valve to minimise heat and moisture build-up. We really believe that the design innovations we have been able to make with the Alpha Sentinel masks are going to make a huge difference to the workers using these products every day.”

The Alpha Sentinel range comes with a range of changeable filters to protect against solid particulates, liquid particulates, gases, and vapours, and are suitable for use in a wide variety of industry settings.

The Alpha Sentinel full and half face masks are the first Globus product range to be designed and manufactured entirely in the UK. Globus has committed to manufacturing as many of its products as possible in the UK.

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