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Date:11/27/2013

not affected by the NIOSH announcement."   

"What makes this situation particularly challenging is the fact that the certification process had already been delayed once this year because of funding and staffing constraints resulting from the federal government's budget sequestration, which began in March," he added.  "They were then delayed further by the government shutdown in September.  The cumulative impact of all this is that no SCBA manufacturer has a breathing apparatus certified to the latest NFPA standards. The CBRN test issue further complicates an already complex situation for SCBA manufacturers and fire departments across the country," Mr. Vartanian concluded.

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Established in 1914, MSA is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures.  Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of industries, including the fire service, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, construction, mining and utilities, as well as the military.  Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, handheld gas detection instruments, head protection products, fall protection devices and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through a joint venture with MCR Safety.  These products are marketed and sold under the Safety Works® brand.  MSA, based north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion, manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe'/>"/>

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