Respiratory Protective Escape Devices

Product Group Members

3M Company
Draeger Safety, Inc.
Honeywell Safety Products
MSA Safety Inc.
Scott Safety

ISEA is the trade association for manufacturers of air-purifying respiratory protective escape devices (RPEDs), commonly known as smoke hoods.  These are single-use emergency products, designed and manufactured to supply breathable air for a period long enough to allow a user to escape from a fire.  RPEDs are in common use in office buildings, hotels, airplanes and other settings where tenants may be need to escape through smoke, eye irritants, carbon monoxide and other toxic gases commonly produced in a fire.

ISEA developed the first US standard for RPEDs, to provide consumers with a reliable way to measure the quality and effectiveness of these devices. The standard, ANSI/ISEA 110-2009, was approved as a revision to the 2003 edition in June 2009.

As an accredited standards developing organization, ISEA ensures that its members have a seat at the table when standards are being written that affect their products; they get a first look at changes in standards, they influence the development of new standards, and they are kept informed of developments on standards around the world.

ISEA gives members a full-time Washington office. They are kept up to date on important developments affecting their companies, and are identified with a respected and responsible organization that is an advocate for standards and regulation to protect workers and the public. The RPED Group is working closely with NIOSH and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which conducted a study of products for compliance with the ISEA standard for the US Fire Administration.

ISEA members use the association to learn from each other, and work together to improve markets. Information services are tuned to member companies’ needs.

In addition to bringing companies together in the RPED Group, ISEA membership is a link to the larger world of safety equipment, both in the US and around the world. Companies receive regular bulletins and reports on standards, government policies and proposals, and market intelligence. They participate in the association’s Annual and Fall Meetings, where the industry comes together to share information and insight. Members’ products are listed in a Buyers Guide, published in print and in a searchable on-line database.

For 75 years, ISEA has set the standard for personal safety equipment manufacturers, supporting and promoting the business interests of its member companies, united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide.

RPED Standards

American National Standard from ISEA:

ISEA is also represented on standards committees and panels of other organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM International, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and US Technical Advisory Groups to International Standardization Organization (ISO) technical committees.