Confined spaces are often toxic, flammable, or oxygen-deficient environments. The proper selection, use and maintenance of the appropriate respiratory equipment is absolutely critical to both the entrant’s and the rescuer’s safety.
The most widely used respirators in confined spaces are the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), the airline supplied respirator with escape bottle (SAR), and the combination airline/SCBA. Of course, each type of respirator comes with advantages and disadvantages. We’ll help you determine exactly which respirator you need to ensure the safety of everyone working inside a confined space – or rescuing the persons inside it.