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SEL Number: 01AR-04-SCER
Title: Respirator, Escape, Self-Contained, Single-Use, CBRN

Last Updated: 3/18/2024 8:57:45 AM

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Description: CBRN Self-Contained Escape Respirator (SCER) designed for escape from hazardous and oxygen-deficient environments (certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria).

ImportantFeatures: Quick donning, escape supplied-air respiratory protection designed for inhalation protection against chemical or biological agents and radiological (CBRN) particulates FOR ESCAPE PURPOSES ONLY. The SCER offers escape protection for atmospheres containing less than 19.5 percent oxygen, immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) conditions, flame effects, or when atmospheric hazards have not been fully characterized.

Operating Considerations: Escape respirator durations are per NIOSH approval. Use conditions are in accordance with NIOSH cautions and limitations, and Incident Commander guidance. The CBRN SCER is designed as a hooded device. Storage/service use life does not exceed 5 years.

NIOSH has listed the following limitations:
1. Failure to properly use and maintain this product could result in injury or death.
2. All approved respirators shall be selected, fitted, used, and maintained in accordance with MSHA, OSHA, and other applicable regulations.
3. Refer to User's Instructions and/or maintenance manuals for information on use and maintenance of these respirators.
4. Consult manufacturer's User Instructions for information on the use, storage, and maintenance of these respirators at various temperatures.
5. This respirator provides respiratory protection against inhalation of radiological and nuclear dust particles. This respirator provides limited dermal protection to the head area and eyes.
6. Some CBRN agents may not present immediate effects from exposure, but can result in delayed impairment, illness, or death.
7. Direct contact with CBRN agents requires proper handling of the respirator after use. Correct disposal procedures must be followed.

These limitations are not all inclusive. The respirator manufacturer may also identify further cautions and limitations for their respirators. In addition, regulatory agencies may also place a limit on the use of respirators in their standards.

Training Requirements: Core Training: OSHA 1910.120, OSHA 1910.134, Manufacturer's User Instructions.
Initial Training: Minimal (<1 day)
Sustainment Training: Minimal (<1 day)

Mandatory Standards:

Applicable Standards and References:

  • Law Enforcement: Aviation
  • Law Enforcement: Maritime