As Australia’s largest supplier of fit-for-function quality personal protective equipment and safety products, Blackwoods is proud to be the exclusive distributors of a new range of disposable respirators and cut resistant gloves designed to protect workers from common hazards in the mining industry.
The new PROSAFE trifold respirators, which are available both with and without valves, are designed to comply with P2 respiratory filter rating – meaning they can effectively protect users against dust, mist and fumes.
Jon Martin, Technical Safety Specialist for Blackwoods, says the new PROSAFE respirators are designed with maximum user safety and comfort in mind.
“These respirators are designed to comply with AS/NZS 1716:2012. This is the manufacturing standard that helps ensure the masks can effectively prevent users against entry of small particles from the atmosphere,” says Jon.
“Additionally, PROSAFE respirators have also been put through a fit testing process, with very positive results. This test actually measures the percentage of particles that can get through the mask after it’s been fitted on the face. While everyone has different facial features, we still want to ensure that we have a good rate of fit testing when we introduce a new product to the market,” he adds.
The new PROSAFE Kyorene cut protection gloves have also been developed with protection and comfort in mind.
Shane Wood, Blackwood’s National Category Manager for Hand Protection says the PROSAFE Kyorene cut protection gloves with graphene fibre are the ideal protective gloves where hand injuries are a potential hazard.
“The Kyorene range of gloves uses graphene in the fibre to aid with its comfort and cut resistant properties for the end user. This gives workers in the mining industry a product that’s comfortable to wear for extended period of time so that they don’t need to take the gloves off to do their job.”
Equipped with knowledge around the latest PPE available in the market, Shane believes employers and site managers will be in a better position to protect workers.
“Most people are oblivious to the latest technology in hand protection, as well as other critical PPE. Our job at Blackwoods is to make sure that we understand the customers’ requirements properly, so that we can supply them with the right product for the right application.”
To learn more about Blackwoods’ complete PPE solutions visit
www.blackwoods.com.au or call 13 73 23 today.