Supplied Air Respirator Introduction

A normal respirator draws potentially contaminated air from source, filters it and then supplies the wearer. Breathing apparatus takes fresh air from a dedicated supply and supplies the wearer for a limited duration. Supplied air respirators are used to provide fresh air to the wearer for an extended period.  They draw their supply from a uncontaminated hazard free area to supply the wearer.

Supplied air respirators, such as the MSA Turbo-Flo can be used in two configurations:

  • Assisted using a Turbo-Flo blower which supplies fresh air under pressure to the wearer via a length breathing tube.
  • Unassisted where the air flows through the breathing tube by the lung power of the wearer.

Supplied Air Respirator Course Design.

The Supplied Air Respirator Course is designed and structured to fully comply with HSG53 Respiratory protective equipment at work  A practical guide.

The course is intended for anyone required to select, operate and use respiratory protection equipment.

This training is delivered as part of Confined Space Training Courses but is offered here as “Stand Alone” training for:

  1. Initial training
  2. Refresher training
  3. Qualification update from Medium Risk Confined Space to High Risk Confined Space

Supplied Air Respirator Course Content

The course consists of three sections:

  1. Theory/Knowledge teaching session:
    • The factors to consider when selecting supplied air respirators
    • The required tests for acceptance and pre-use checks covering Hire or Buy equipment

    • Name and identify the component parts of the supplied air equipment
    • The function of each of the component parts
    • Operation of blowers or air pumps
    • Selection and set up of source supply
    • Recognise potential faults or dangerous occurrences during operation and use.
    • Identify corrective actions to take should faults occur.
    • Be aware of the difference between negative pressure and positive pressure respiratory protection apparatus
    • Recognise the need for face fit testing
  2. Practical instruction session:
    • Trainer to demonstrate:
      –  Wearing and adjustment of breathing tubes
      –  Starting/stopping blowers or air pumps
      –  Pre-use checks, visual inspection and leak tests
      –  Correct and safe donning and adjustment of the respirator 
      –  The effects of excessive breathing
      –  Removal of respirator
      –  Care, cleanliness and maintenance of the equipment
    • Imitation and practice of all of the above by candidate.Practical Assessment session:
      • Wearing exercises under simulated emergency conditions.
  • The above content is for the equipment shown. This can be tailored to suit the requirements of any respiratory protection system.

Supplied Air Respirator Course Pre-requisites


Supplied Air Respirator Course Notes

  1. It is a legal requirement that all employees required to use respiratory protection equipment receive training.
  2. The training detailed on this page is “generic” supplied air equipment training
  3. Training can be carried out at your premises provided suitable resources are available:
    • Sufficient space to accommodate course numbers
    • Space to use whiteboard, laptop and projector
    • External training area for practical training and exercises..
  4. We use MSA Turbo-Flo equipment for training.  
  5. We can design and deliver training for other manufacturers equipment.
  6. Specific training can be designed and delivered to meet your needs.
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Supplied Air Respirator

Supplied Air Respirator Course Venue

Training can be conducted at:

  • Fire Safety Trainer practical training premises.
    Details of these can be found on the contact page.
  • Your premises.  Please see the attached notes.
  • Other suitable agreed venues.

Supplied Air Respirator Course Duration

4 hrs 

Supplied Air Respirator Course Size

Maximum 8
Minimum 4

SAR Course Assessment

  • In house written tick box questionnaire
  • Practical assessment and recorded to our standards

SAR Course Qualification

  • Candidates will obtain our company certification of successful pass.
  • Certificates will be sent to the company and not to individual candidates and will be valid for 3 years.

SAR Course Refresher

Determined by Employer based on:

  • Perceived need
  • Change in equipment