RSX´15 - The worlds first respiratory mask design for standard safety helmets
RSX15 is the first respiratory mask designed to be worn on standard safety helmets. Today many industry workers are unaware of the dangers of small dust particles
in their working environment. When they need a respiratory mask, it is often placed
too far away, so they continue without. Daily exposure to even small
amounts of airborne particles
dramatically increase the risks for overtime ending up with medical
conditions like asthma, cancer or heart failure.
With RSX15, protection is within an arms reach,
there when you need it, always.
Battery + rear light
were a several challenges to address when designing the RSX15 concept. In order
for it to not to cause neck-pain or feel uncomfortable wearing, the mask had to
be perfectly balanced on the helmet. Another criteria were to make the solution
adaptable to all standard safety helmets equipped with a amounting for
mask also had to be easy to access on the helmet. If the user wears eye
protection and protective headphones, the mask could not interfere with these
when the users place the mask on their face.
the mask is stored on the helmet, the inner-mask had to be designed in such a
way that it could fold inwards and thus shielding itself from dust and dirt, so
the user would not inhale this accidentally the next time the mask is used.
last major criteria that had to be solved was that the worker had to be able to
use the mask without taking off the helmet, glasses and headphones, like todays
existing solutions dictates.
that I solved
In mines people work in teams with
dangerous tools and equipment, thus they have to be able to talk to each other
in a split second if something happens. When a regular respiratory mask covers
ones mouth, even people close to each other are not able to hear or communicate
Research findings indicated that this is the reason why
coalminers do not wear and use their respiratory masks, even knowing that it
will protect them from getting coal
workers pneumoconiosis (CWP),
also known as black lung disease.
solution was to have a small unit with a build-in microphone and speaker in the
front part of the mask. There would two feature levels
to this, either by having the audio signal played from the speaker module in
the mask or trough the protective headphones. The unit will be activated the
second the user moves the mask from the helmet down to the face, simply by removing
the neck-strap from the battery on the back of the helmet.
Another problem is that the
respiratory masks are most often stored far away from the working area. In the
mine that we visited, they stored them in cars and in the safety room, which
was far away from the worksites. Today, there is no good way to store the mask
on the worker and it is perceived as clumsy and in the way when placed around
the neck. You are also exposing the mask to dust, which you later will inhale. By
having the mask on the helmet with the foldable inner-mask the will protect
itself from dust these last two problems are solved.
Two other problems addressed were the issues of making the user seen in
dark environment, like a mine and to increase the overall safety. The solutions
was to have an intelligent rear light that turns on automatically when the user
enters a dark area and to include a simple accelerometer that serves as an
alarm in case the user falls. If the user does not respond by getting up, the
RSX15 will send out a distress signal that the closest co-worker will receive
and act upon
IRSX15 this is the
first one of its kind. There are no other respiratory mask on the market today
designed as an add-on solution for placement and storage on a standard safety
The mask is designed
to be perfectly balanced on the helmet. The placement of the helmet makes it
extremely easy to access and the folding mechanism of the inner-mask insures
that dust will not enter the mask when worn on the helmet.
Another aspect that
makes the RSX15 unique is its versatility and ability to be prepared to a large
range of different working environments, legal demands or user needs or
preferences. This versatility is achieved through the modularity of placing specific
functionality-modules in outer part of mask. This functionality module will be
mounted during the last steps of the assembly process before the product is
The functionality of
the module will differ depending on the specification on the use of the mask
and the functionalities and technology desired. This offers the opportunity to
custom-make the mask specifically to the unique working environment that the
mask will be used in. This offers the possibility to prepare the RSX15 for
diverse tasks and price levels, whether it is suppose to be used underground,
at a dusty worksite in daylight, at a chemical or gas plant with dangerous
fumes or a site where the mask should assist in taking samples of airborne
practices for lab analysis.
Counting in the
opportunity of having the RSX15 with or without the communication unit and the
five different functionality-modules considered at this stage, the RSX15 can be
offered in ten different variations, tailor-made of different contexts and
This also gives the customers
the possibility to upgrade the product themselves, either to prolong the
lifetime of the mask with the same feature level or to add new features and
functionalities to the mask, making the RSX15 much more than just another
Since the RSX15 offers at least ten
different feature levels, the mask can be adapted to anyone whose work tasks
requires a safety helmet. The primary benefit the user will get from having the
RSX15 on the helmet is the knowledge that their breathing protection is there,
within an arms reach, always. The possibility to upgrade the RSX15 during its
lifetime with new modules and functions is a unique feature compared to any
other mask on the market that adds value for both the buyer and the user.
The RSX15 is built on the concept of
modularity that besides the specialized functionality modules includes the exchangeability
of the two filters and the inter-mask close to the mouth and face. This offers
the possibility to upgrade the RSX15's performance with both basic parts and
the same or new functionality modules over time, which is expected to extend the
total lifetime of the RSX15 by a factor or three compared to conventional masks.
The RSX15 will, through its
modularity, be targeted at a number of different markets. The first of these
would be specialized industries like the mining and petroleum and gas industry.
Both markets have high turn over's and strong legal demands for workers safety,
demands which the RSX15 is designed to meet through a combination of the built
in communication unit and functionality modules with led lights or a gas sensor
that can detect gas leakages.
One of the major advantages with the
RSX15 concept is that can be made with existing materials using proven
production techniques. Most of the parts, as the front part of the mask, the
battery casing and the connection point to the helmet, will be made of
recyclable plastic. The inner-mask will be made of rubber to provide a good and
comfortable fit against the face and to achieve the ability to be folded when
worn on the helmet. The filters will be made using the same and approved
materials used for the filters on the market today.