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Current Approaches to Resolving the Physiological Heat Stress Problems Imposed by Chemical Protective Clothing Systems
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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Possible improvements over totally impermeable chemical protective clothing for use in toxic environments have been characterized along three approaches partially permeable garments impregnated with detoxifying or adsorbing substances impermeable systems supplied with filtered ambient air ventilation impermeable systems with wettable covers. Although the latter approach has much to recommend it, logistics of required water is a distinct problem. The only other alternatives, short of air conditioned clothing ensembles, is by intelligent informed command control of work-rest ratios, or actual replacement of units as they approach tolerance limits, during operations in environments above 75 F.
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