The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has received reports from several departments throughout their state regarding cracking of the polycarbonate lens component of some Scott AV-3000 HT facepiece assemblies. Those fire departments are primarily reporting initial cracks in the inlet area at the inlet port where the breathing regulator is attached. Some chipping and cracking have also been reported to “spider” further into the lens which can create a penetrable fracture of the lens thus allowing air to escape.
Every Firefighter should ensure you always inspect your masks, no matter which manufacturer….a critical part of your daily PPE inspection to be ready for duty.
If you find a problem, immediately report it through your department chain of command (serious problems require the unit be removed from service.) Departments should first contact their local manufacturers representative as well as the SCBA manufacturer.
If a problem exists, or it is not simply resolved, please report the problem to NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).
NIOSH-NPPTL may be reached at the address below. If contacting NPPTL please include detailed description, photographs and your fire department point of contact.
NIOSH-National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236