Semmco LPS has launched its EEBD – Emergency Escape Breathing Device – for the marine and industrial environments. A self-contained, short duration oxygen (O2) breathing apparatus it provides either 15 minutes of oxygen for those using it in the marine environment or 20 minutes of oxygen for those using it in industrial environments. The Semmco EEBD is extremely easy to don. It is simply pulled from its carry case, hung around the wearer’s neck and then the mouthpiece inserted and the nose clip applied. The EEBD a face shield that can be pulled over the wearer’s head if required.
This simple yet extremely efficient escape breathing device has been designed to provide an instant breathable atmosphere. However, as escape breathing apparatus is thankfully, rarely used, the through life costs are minimal and the set can be stored for up to 15 years at no cost or action required other than a regular visual inspection to check the set is viable. This inspection can be carried out while the EEBD is in its storage device – the visual indicator shows blue if the set is viable or pink if the set has been compromised.
The Semmco EEBD uses KO2 (potassium superoxide) to provide oxygen to the wearer. As the EEBD is pulled from its carry case, a chlorate candle provides oxygen for the user’s first breath. As the user exhales into the bag, moisture from their exhaled breath activates the KO2 that then ‘scrubs’ the CO2 and liberates oxygen. Oxygen continues to be generated while the EEBD is being used and depending on the version deployed will last for 15 or 20 minutes.
Carl Bennett, General Manager for Semmco LPS and the engineer behind the design and manufacture of the Semmco EEBD explains, “the development of this product was a natural progression for the business. We are recognised as specialists in the development of chemical oxygen rebreathers because of our success with the HEAD range of escape breathing apparatus. We wanted to develop something that was simpler in its operation, could be certified for an extended period of time and have absolutely minimal through life costs. It is hoped that an escape breathing apparatus set is rarely used and so something that is extremely cost effective is an attractive proposition for those companies wanting to provide the best protection for their workforce”.