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NCJ Number: 228697 Find in a Library
Title: Bomb Suit Standard
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2005-MU-CX-K077
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents the objectives and features of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Bomb Suit Standard for Public Safety, NIJ Standard-0117.00, which is currently being developed.
Abstract: The standard will be a minimum performance standard for bomb suits worn while conducting procedures that render bombs safe for disposal. The standard will specify minimum design and performance requirements for equipment as well as test methods for assessing equipment performance, balancing the requirements against a bomb technician’s need for mobility, clear vision, and dexterity. A standard for the bomb suit ensures that it will provide the protection and mobility needed by bomb technicians. In applying the standard to various bomb suits that are manufactured, optics and ergonomics capability will be tested through donning and doffing, field-of-view, and mobility tests. The standard will also address fragmentation, flame, impact, and overpressure protection. Minimum blast pressure protection will be addressed through a bomb suit integrity test, which will determine whether the suit remains intact during an explosion. Blast overpressure will be tested in a subsequent version of the standard once additional research provides NIJ with a better understanding of the threats posed by blast overpressure. The standard will not address chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protection. This may be addressed in the future after additional research.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Bomb disposal equipment; Bomb disposal units; Bombs; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Protective equipment; Testing and measurement
Note: Reprinted from the Fall 2009 edition of TechBeat; downloaded November 5, 2009.
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