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November 20, 2015

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Respirator cleaning solutions from Allegro

Allegro Industries are designers and manufacturers of cleaning, storage and testing accessories available for respirator users. Among the products included in this line are wall cases and storage bags, wipes, cleaning kits, and respirator fit test kits.

Respirator Cleaning Pads are individually packaged towelettes containing 70% Isopropanol, designed for use on rubber respirator masks and other personal safety equipment, say Allegro, adding that alcohol free pads are also available. These individually packaged towelettes contain Benzalkonium Chloride and will not harm even the most sensitive rubber masks, explain the firm. Other features of the product as highlighted by Allegro include:

  • both alcohol and alcohol-free solutions are also available in large 8″ x 11″ towelettes called Big Ones
  • for full mask and half mask respirators, a Respirator Cleaning Kit with Dry Soap or the Cleaning Kit with Liquid Cleaner Concentrate are available. Both kits come with an air bulb, a large two-sided bucket, 100 sterile storage bags and seals, and a brush
  • the firm says the kits meet [U.S.] OSHA standards for respirator cleaning
  • the Respirator Cleaning Swabs are easy to use for cleaning full and half mask respirators and removing residues.

In addition to this range, Allegro also point out their wall-mounted cases designed to protect respirators and SCBA’s against harsh plant environments. They say most models are made of corrosion-resistant ABS with ultraviolet inhibitors, offering non-metal hinges and latches that prevent rust, and rubber door seals to protect equipment from dust and moisture. The hi-viz safety yellow or green colour makes locating them easy, they say. The cases come in various sizes and are recyclable, add the company, noting that the cases are intended for general storage and can be customised with a label kit. A heavy-duty metal case is also available, they add.

Allegro also highlight the features of the following products:

  • Wipe Downs: pre-moistened disinfectant towelettes containing Benzalkonium Chloride to clean respirators or other personal safety equipment
  • the Standard and Deluxe Pump Smoke Fit Test Kits: include all the material needed to undertake fit tests for air purifying respirators. The Standard Banana Oil Kit enables qualitative respirator fit testing; Allegro explain that when activated, the ampules give off a non-irritating odour of banana oil (Iso Amyl Acetate); if the respirator wearer can smell the oil, the respirator should be adjusted or replaced. Allegro also say they introduced the first OSHA-compliant qualitative fit test for respirators that uses Bitrex™, which OSHA has recognized as an acceptable respirator fit testing agent. The single-use applicators are air tight and sealed to maintain the integrity of the solutions. The ampules make pouring into the nebulizer easier, minimizing spillage, and the chance of contamination. The Saccharin Fit Test Kit is also available
  • Spray Socks: protection for the head from over spray and other particulates, available in a handy dispenser or in bulk. Arm Socks are available in packs of 12 or a case of 144.

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