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Blasting Helmet Helps Keep Users Cool

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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A new blasting helmet from protective equipment maker Bullard offers wearers a lighter, cooler fit, the company says.

The GenVX is made from high-density polyethylene for strength and weighs a pound lighter than many other blasting helmets, the company said.

Bullard GenVX

Weighing a pound lighter than most blasting helmets, the GenVX keeps the user cool and safe and provides easy adjustment, according to Bullard.

Designed to provide better air flow and cooling, the helmet also offers removable, washable and adjustable cheek pads. A "Grit Guard" visor keeps debris out of the lens.

The GenVX also features a center breathing tube connection and a latch guard to secure the cape. Six-point suspension with one-inch straps provides comfort with a ratchet knob for easy adjustment.

According to Bullard, the helmet was independently tested by a third party and has an Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 1,000. GenVX meets ANSI/ISEA Z89 Head Protection and High-Impact Z87+ Face Protection and is NIOSH-approved.

About the Company

Founded in 1898, Bullard is headquartered in Cynthiana, KY. The company manufactures personal protective equipment and systems worldwide. Bullard's products include respiratory protection devices, firefighter and rescue helmets, thermal imagers, and hard hats.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bullard; Personal protective equipment; Respirators

Comment from Shaun Bushnell, (5/22/2013, 7:20 AM)

Is this the same helmet Bullard launched over a year ago and then it failed NIOSH approval?

Comment from Patrick Kennerson, (5/22/2013, 12:20 PM)

I don't understand this picture - a blaster should ALWAYS have the blast hose in front of him, NOT over the shoulder - that is too dangerous.

Comment from Deborah Puracchio, (5/22/2013, 6:22 PM)

Shaun, thank you for your question. Yes, the GenVX was submitted to NIOSH in 2012 and passed NIOSH's structural and performance standards; however, because of an administrative error with the submission, the GenVX was not initially approved by NIOSH. Bullard resubmitted the administrative paperwork to NIOSH and, having not changed the structural integrity of the GenVX helmet, was approved by NIOSH.

Comment from Deborah Puracchio, (5/22/2013, 6:24 PM)

Patrick, the gentleman in this photo is a professional blaster who demonstrated his blast skills to Bullard for this action photo. Bullard appreciates your comment and will definitely keep this in mind when photographing action shots with professional blasters in the future.

Comment from WAN MOHAMAD NOR WAN ABDUL RAHMAN, (5/24/2013, 4:21 AM)

With more new design blast helmet will ease the burden of blaster during a job. Bravo Bullard.

Comment from Shaun Bushnell, (5/24/2013, 7:11 AM)

What is the NIOSH approval number for the Gen VX?

Comment from james morrison, (5/30/2013, 11:14 AM)

A professional blaster that's hard to believe he will be wore out in half a hour and thanks Bullard for a lighter blast hood.

Comment from Joe Hunsbarger, (5/31/2013, 6:43 AM)

The competition has has center hook ups for the breathing tube for years Bullard is playing catch up because they lost so much market share see the difference in pricing between hoods and the price of replacement lenses. Just saying

Comment from David Faduski, (6/17/2013, 9:38 PM)

My crew uses both Bullard and Nova hoods and I use almost triple the number of shields with the Nova compared to the Bullard. I don't care about the cost of the shields I care about the cost of paying a man to peel those extra shields when he should be blasting

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