Breathing Tube and Power Cord Disconnects from GVP Powered Air Purifying Respirator
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  URS CH2M Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Respiratory Protection, Occupational Safety and Health, Operations

From July 1, 2012 through April 10, 2015 the K-27 Project has experienced 17 Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) related issues/malfunctions. From January 1, 2015 through April 10, 2015 the project experienced nine PAPR related issues/malfunctions. Five out of the nine issues/malfunctions involved the GVP PAPR where the hose/breathing tube or power cord snagged and disconnected resulting in a loss of power and protection factor.

Workers need to be cognizant of work area hazards, types of Personal Protective Equipment being worn, work area interferences, and body position when performing tasks when wearing the GVP PAPR units. The project has committed to replace the older GVP PAPR units with new PAPR units. Two new PAPR styles were selected based on new technology that will reduce hose/breathing tube and power cord disconnects.

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