Today we have launched our PPSS Anti-Spit Masks, another great product that will effectively help us protect prison/correctional officers, police/law enforcement officers and paramedics, from Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases.
Unions representing the interest of the above professionals in countries around the world have for some time raised serious concerns about the increasing number of spitting incidents, as it has well known serious potential health risks. It is not just the officer that is affected but also their family, as tests and treatment for suspected contagious disease can last for several months.
I am extremely confident that our new Anti-Spit Masks can make the difference between staying safe or suffering from a potentially long lasting and severe illness. When confronted by a hostile or intoxicated member of the public, a combatant, prisoner or disturbed hospital patient, the risk of being spat on is realistic and protection from such threat is sensible.
- “A British editor fined $10,000 for spitting on a police officer”
- “Prison sentence for a homeless man who spat and swore at paramedics”
- “Philadelphia man convicted of spitting on prison guard”
PPSS Anti-Spit Masks are compact, easy to deploy, safe, disposable and individually packed devices, already used by agencies and organisations around the world. This type of device is to be slipped over the head of a combatant, prisoner or seriously intoxicated or aggressive member of the public following his arrest.
Please view our video demonstration:
Police in New Zealand have reported difficulties in restraining drunk and drugged people and preventing them from hurting themselves, according to NZ police magazine Ten-One. A two-year safety review of 8000 cases found nearly 10 per cent of offenders had spat at officers, who had limited tools to deal with it.
I am of course fully aware that the use of anti-spit masks has been questioned by some people (e.g. human right campaigners) in the past, raising concerns in terms of the risk of suffocation, especially when such anti-spit mask is forced over the head of someone suffering from breathing difficulties.
Human rights activist also raised their voices claiming it could send wrong signals or even raising concerns of the ‘look’. Some human activists with rather strong opinions even compare the use of anti-spit masks with the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, questioning if such device should be used on someone because he or she is just very drunk.
Well, please allow me to make this one very clear here… my firm and my widely reported and genuine passion is not about the personal appearance of someone who is hostile, physically aggressive, completely out of control and clearly willing to harm someone who protect and serve the community.
The mission statement of my firm PPSS Group is simple and clear: “Protecting Frontline Professionals From Human Threats”.
“Human Threats” = firearms/handguns, knives, broken glass/bottles, hypodermic needles, human bites and in context of our latest product… someone spitting saliva or potentially infected blood right into your face!
The launch and the future use of PPSS Anti-Spit Masks will be controversial, but no one can fault my firm for our genuine desire to want to reduce operational risks, workplace violence related injuries and even death.
When I discussed my plans to launch this product around the world, Bill Geraghty, my friend and President of our North American Operation simply said:
“Hundreds of detention centers, correctional institutions and police stations in the U.S. are already successfully using such equipment, they have seen the sense in such device ages ago, and more and more countries will follow suit.”
I could not agree with him any more even if I wanted!
I have no doubt about it, this latest addition to our PPSS product range will once again highlight that everything my firm designs, develops and manufactures is a) right and b) good!