Now more than ever, PPE manufacturers are challenged to design products with enhanced particulate protection. It began with increasing the protection in firefighting hoods to reduce exposure to toxic carcinogens in critical areas like the face, neck and jaw.
During these uncertain times with unseen threats of airborne particles including viral and bacterial hazards, PGI is again leading the way. Based on the success and proven protection of the BarriAire Gold particulate hood, PGI is proud to offer a complete line of comfortable, easy to don and easy to maintain BarriAire particulate blocking face coverings — each ideally suited for EMS, non-structural firefighting, brush, wildland, in-station and industrial environments.
Premium Quality Construction
Utilizing only advanced premium materials and accessories, the PGI line of BarriAire face coverings is designed to provide a protective, comfortable and reusable face mask for professionals in high risk workplaces where protection against thermal hazards is paramount.
PGI combines proven lightweight flame resistant fabrics with effective particulate blocking fabrics and precision craftsmanship to deliver sleek, innovative 3-layer particulate blocking products that perform under extreme conditions. BarriAire face coverings feature rib knit bindings, flat stitched seams and flame resistant Nomex® thread. Highly durable, washable, and reusable with no need for replacement cartridges means these may be the last face coverings the wearer will ever need.
Inherently Flame Resistant Where You Need It Most
BarriAire face coverings feature two layers of proven PGI Gold or Comfort Plus fabrics that are extremely lightweight and offer excellent heat, flame and thermal resistance with no melt or drip. These tried and true fabrics make BarriAire face coverings easy to wash and dry with little to no shrinkage after repeated launderings. BarriAire Gold masks feature a durable water repellent finish affording superior soil and water resistance with outstanding stain-release performance. This proprietary DWR finish also reduces the buildup of toxic residue that can be more easily absorbed by non-treated fabrics. BarriAire gaiters/bandannas are treated with a dual-technology antimicrobial that inhibits microbes with trimodal efficiency, eliminating over 99% of the microbes while also maintaining unparalleled odor management.
Advances in Filtration Efficiency
When it comes to choosing a face covering, the presence of a particulate blocking filter is highly recommended. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States suggests that filtered masks provide optimal protection against the transmission of viral, bacterial and other hazardous airborne particulates. PGI’s BarriAire line of particulate blocking products combines two layers of proven FR fabric with an inner layer of ultra-lightweight DuPont™ Nomex® Nano Flex fabric, reducing the penetration of harmful particulates. Nomex® Nano Flex has good breathability with exceptional elasticity and superior particle barrier performance, blocking smoke, soot and other airborne hazards. In fact, BarriAire quilted composite fabric has a particulate efficiency of over 90% for particulates between 0.1 and 1.0 microns. This innovative fabric recently achieved a Viral Filtration Efficiency (VFE) Rating of 96.8% and a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) Rating of 97.9%*. Combine that type of superior protection with sufficient air permeability and you’ll have constant peace-of-mind protection and comfort while on the job.
Now, you don’t have to be uncomfortable to be safe. PGI offers truly tailored, low profile designs that wrap under the chin for a contoured facial fit minimizing openings and increasing protection. BarriAire masks feature perfectly positioned, adjustable DuPont™ Kevlar® covered elastic ear straps, so one size fits most, or adjustable hook and loop neck closures allowing one to breathe and speak comfortably without the mask shifting down your face. All BarriAire face coverings incorporate a moldable nose bridge that creates an additional protective seal and minimizes fogging of glasses. Extremely lightweight and breathable with superb moisture wicking, BarriAire FR particulate face masks and gaiters/bandannas keep the wearer cooler, drier and more comfortable on and off the job.
As we’ve seen in 2020, pandemics from infectious disease can be devastating due to global spread, disease burden and high cases of fatality. PPE is generally considered, and highly recommended, as a tool to limit transmission and overall spread. Until drugs and vaccines become readily available, face coverings, respirators and other PPE are suggested or, in some cases, mandated as outbreaks continue and pandemic phases evolve. We all need to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. Cost effective, reliable face coverings can and do make a difference.
PPE Redefined is a commitment by PGI to offer personal protective garments designed to provide unrivaled performance at the point of extreme need. As a market leader in technology driven personal protective apparel, PGI designs and manufactures innovative garments for firefighters, first responders, EMS, police, and military and industrial professionals the world over. The PGI line of high performance products includes BarriAire™ Gold particulate hoods and masks, FireLine™ and FireLine™ Multi Mission gear, and DriGuard™ base layers.
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DISCLAIMER: These products are not designed to be substitutes for an N95 Respirator Mask. PGI BarriAire face covering designs are patent pending.
* Viral and Bacterial Filtration Efficiency as conducted by Nelson Labs, U.S.A.