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HSI awarded Innovative Solutions Canada contract to improve respiratory protection for bearded RCMP officers 

April 25, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Apr. 2022, Guelph, Ont. HumanSystems Incorporated (HSI) has been awarded a contract through the Innovative Solutions Canada program of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada to improve respiratory protection for all front-line RCMP officers. 

“Bastion will explore ways to provide respiratory protection to police officers who wear beards for religious or other reasons. It will be designed to reduce risks for the police and first responder community, as well as reduce recruitment restrictions for jobs where respiratory protection is required”, says Harry Angel, the HSI project manager. 

With use of a proven Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protection approach, Bastion combines an intelligent hood and blower subsystem with any certified respirator. By counteracting leaks through small gaps in the mask seal, development to date shows the Bastion concept (patent pending) is engineered to successfully improve respiratory protection for Air Purifying Respirator (APR) users with beards or stubble over required protection levels. 

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