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Drager wins iF design awards for PSS AirBoss and HPS Safeguard

Dräger has been awarded two iF Design Awards for its PSS AirBoss self-contained breathing apparatus and HPS SafeGuard helmet for excellence in their respective idea, form, function, differentiation and impact.

Dräger’s PSS AirBoss achieved its iF Design Award for its ‘high adaptability to the user’s ergonomics, needs and mission, providing the best possible protection and agility in challenging environments’. The judges also reported that it has ‘excellent weight distribution and optimal fit which allow the user to operate freely and fully concentrate on the task at hand’. PSS AirBoss’ communication links, highly-visible decals and integrated lighting were also said to support teamwork and safety. 

The ultra-light Dräger HPS SafeGuard helmet was commended for an ‘innovative design that combines optimal protection with the highest levels of wearing comfort’. It was also praised for the design’s ‘optimal operability’ even in the most challenging of environments, and ‘excellent ergonomics’. Overall, the judges reported that its ‘sporty look, lightweight and tailor-made accessories make the helmet a real all-rounder for any challenge’.

Elizabeth Millward, Marketing Manager at Dräger Safety UK, says the awards are a testament to years of development: “The research and development and design process happens in conjunction with fire services, industry, medical and educational organisations to ensure that our safety products and systems deliver the utmost in safety – crucially – whilst also providing user comfort for a wide variety of heights, weights and body forms. We’re immensely pleased to have been recognised in such a prestigious international awards’ scheme.”

The iF Design Awards are recognised as a symbol of design excellence around the world, with this year’s entries coming from a total of 49 countries. Each entry is scored during a three-day process where submissions are evaluated, discussed and scored in the Wilhelm Hallen exhibition space in Berlin by 75 international design experts.