Calgon Carbon is the world leader in life-saving technology for respirators, protecting wearers from inhaling harmful dusts, vapors, fumes or gases.

Calgon Carbon has been providing innovative activated carbon solutions since 1942 for use in respirators. Today, we provide the highest quality impregnated carbon for military, industrial, and laboratory markets and we continue to innovate as new challenges and threats emerge.


In pure form, activated carbon «adsorbs» or removes contaminants by attracting and binding the undesirable molecules to the carbon surface. To enhance the performance of activated carbon, the material can be «impregnated» with a variety of chemical compounds or metals. These impregnates will chemically neutralize hazardous contaminants creating a safe, non-toxic environment. The individual and combined benefits of activated carbon and impregnates result in a material with unmatched performance characteristics critical for respiratory protection.

Calgon Carbon’s activated carbon products for personal protection are tailored to remove harmful industrial contaminants and are widely used in respiratory protective equipment to safeguard millions of respirator users, ranging from industrial workers to the war fighter. We have an extensive portfolio of activated carbon products to protect against a variety of contaminants, including NIOSH gases, chemical warfare agents, and other toxic industrial chemicals.

Calgon Carbon’s advanced research and development capabilities continue to provide value-added solutions to the challenging problems and applications that are faced by customers around the world. Our exhaustive carbon database, predictive modeling tools, and in-house performance testing allow Calgon Carbon to quickly identify the most cost-effective solution to meet customers’ specific needs.

Granular Activated Carbon

Activated carbons, available as non-impregnated and impregnated, provide protection against most airborne contaminants, NIOSH gases, organic vapors, acid gases, basic gases and a variety of other harmful gases.

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