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NCJ Number: 192338 Find in a Library
Title: Two Test Methods for Personal Protective Clothing Systems in Chemical Environments
Author(s): Paul D. Fedele
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Domestic Preparedness Office
Washington, DC 20535
Sale Source: National Domestic Preparedness Office
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Rm. 5214
Washington, DC 20535
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper described the definitions and the results of two tests that assessed the effectiveness of personal protective clothing systems (PPC) in chemical environments.
Abstract: The first test was an infiltration test for Level-A personal protective clothing (PPC) systems, and the other was a Man-in-Simulant (MIS) test for other PPC systems. The infiltration test demonstrated whether or not leakage occurred, the amount that occurred when an individual moved or did routine activities, and the length of time it took the leakage to enter the PCC system. According to the Senior Scientific Advisor of the Domestic Preparedness Program, there was no hazard if only a small leakage occurred. For other PPC systems that were not Level-A protected, then the MIS test was conducted to determine if the leakage was toxic to the individual. In addition, even though the protective systems that received the MIS test were not as protective as the Level-A, they still reduced hazards to a reasonable level so that the system could be used in an emergency. Lastly, both test results were given to clients so that they could determine which method was more effective depending on the type of emergency.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Chemical irritants; Hazardous substances or materials; Human research subject protection; Research methods
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