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Statement from CSE Regarding Status of SR-100

April 17, 2012

Yesterday, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a copy of a letter it has sent to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) detailing the results of a technical investigation of field-deployed CSE SR-100 Self-Contained Self-Rescuers (SCSRs). The investigation was carried out jointly by NIOSH and MSHA and focused on the start-up oxygen cylinders of the CSE Model SR-100. The letter also provided notification from NIOSH to MSHA that NIOSH intends to work with MSHA in planning a resolution of the issues identified in the technical report.

To this point, we have received no final directive from NIOSH or MSHA regarding the SR-100. CSE voluntarily ceased production of the SR-100 when the company’s internal quality control process identified a possible issue with the oxygen cylinder. We have remained committed and have been working with the agencies for some time to resolve any and all concerns. Once we receive final notification from the regulatory agencies, we will continue to develop appropriate next steps.

We want all of our customers to know that we are prepared to support their needs for SCSRs. As we gain more information we will keep our customers informed.