ONESuit Shield Meets NFPA 1992, 1994 Standards for Level B Hazmat Suits

Merrimack, NH (February 3, 2011) - Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics announces that its first level B chemical protective hazmat suit, ONESuit Shield is certified to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1994 class 2 and 1992 standards. NFPA certification is the gold standard in fire and hazmat safety and is often required for local, state or federal procurement of fire safety equipment.

Following the NFPA 1994 Class 2 Standard on Protective Ensembles, ONESuit Shield protects first responders from terrorism incidents involving the use of chemical or biological agents. Under NFPA 1992, the new suit also offers certified protection against chemical liquid splash.

As Saint-Gobain's first level B hazmat suit, ONESuit Shield features an open face design. With this design, the first responder's self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is worn outside the suit, allowing the user to remain inside the suit until the mission is complete.

"Our decision to engineer a Level B suit was based on feedback we received from firefighters, military personnel, law enforcement and occupational safety professionals who were looking for the quality of Saint-Gobain's material technology in a Level B suit," said Peter A. Kirk, II, market manager, Protective Systems, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

ONESuit Shield features a unique mask interface, engineered for seamless mask compatibility and optimum comfort and security. The new level B suit was developed from Saint-Gobain's proprietary high-performance Coretechâ„¢ Barrier Membrane, ensuring the flexibility and comfort that emergency responders have come to expect from the company's Level A portfolio

Saint-Gobain will spotlight its family of single-skin hazmat suits at the FDIC Show, March 24-26, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN, Booth #1324.

About Saint-Gobain Corporation

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world and a leading producer of construction products, flat glass, high-performance materials and packaging. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics produces the ONESuit® line of chemical protective hazmat products. For more information visit