MSA is increasing the production of respirators to help protect Japanese cleanup workers and health officials involved with the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The company is producing different types of respirators equipped with filter cartridges.

The respirators, which include half-mask and full-facepiece models, provide respiratory protection against a broad range of airborne hazards like radiological particles and vapors.

MSA president and CEO William Lambert said while they are seeing a short-term increase in demand for respirators, the demand for other safety products in Japan is reduced, as fewer people are working due to multiple infrastructure challenges in the region.