The 2011 Frost & Sullivan North America New Product Innovation Award in Personal Protective Equipment is presented to JSP Ltd for FilterSpec. This remarkable product launched in the first half of 2010 uniquely combines safety spectacles and a disposable respiratory protective mask.
"JSP Ltd's FilterSpec is a significant innovation in the personal protective equipment market as it addresses one of the most long standing challenges faced by the industry -- that of 'fit'," notes Frost & Sullivan Research analyst Anamika Chaudhuri. "In addition to overcoming the problem associated with the incompatibility between safety eyewear and a respiratory protective mask, the product has solved problems related from poor face fit such as leakage and fogging of the lens interrupting the normal flow of work."
The FilterSpec combines the respiratory mask with safety glasses or goggles in such a manner that both the safety devices function efficiently, independently and in absolute harmony as a unit and satisfies the fit test mandated by HSE. The safety spectacles comply with EN 166.1.F standard and the goggle with EN166.1.B.3.4 and the respiratory mask complies with the EN1827 FMP2 standard.
The respiratory mask holder and filter, including an integral exhaust valve, weigh less than 60 grams and do not create any burden on the wearer, thereby offering complete comfort. The exhale valve offers filter element longevity and reduction in heat and carbon dioxide buildup.
The filter in the respirator offers better than the 94 percent efficiency requirement of the standard and the NIOSH N95 requirements. It is designed in such a way that the nose piece and straps hold the valve in line with the wearer's nose keeping the internal environment cool and dry and maintaining a secure fit so that the lens remains free from fogging.
"FilterSpec is unique; no other competitor has been able to develop such an innovative concept that combines protective eyewear with a respiratory mask," concludes Chaudhuri. "FilterSpec clearly demonstrates JSP Ltd's research and development caliber and distinguishes the company from the competition as one of the leading manufacturers of personal protective equipment in Europe."
JSP has filed a patent for the product and its design is registered.
The New Product Innovation Award is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in the following categories: innovative element of the product, value added features/benefits, increased customer ROI and customer acquisition/penetration potential.
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