While they’re called a variety of things, hazmat suits (hazardous material suits) or biohazard suits are considered personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of an entire body garment worn when dealing with dangerous substances. Many times, they use SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) to provide the user with breathable air. They can be utilized by a variety of individuals, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters, researchers, and specialists who will clean up hazardous materials.
The two primary types of suit include gas/vapor and splash protection. (Level A and B, respectively in the United States). Level A suits are vapor and gas tight, which means they completely encapsulate the person and offer the highest protection levels possible against airborne and direct chemical contact.
They often include a release valve, so they do not overinflate. However, these suits can only be used up to 20 minutes, based on the SCBA gear used.
A level B biohazard suit isn’t considered vapor-tight and offers lesser protection. However, they can still be worn with SCBA gear. They are similar to one-piece coveralls seen in demolition and construction work.
Likewise, Level C suits are coveralls that use a treated material, or a multitude of pieces (such as pants and a shirt) that are sealed with tape. It can be useful in some situations, but not in those requiring more advanced technologies.
The primary advantage of such suits is to keep you safe from deadly pathogens and chemicals. Many times, they are worn by DEA members, police, firefighters and anyone else who may have to deal with chemicals that could harm their body if inhaled.
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