Reducing the Effective Slipperiness of Chemical-Biological Protective Shelter (CBPS) Flooring: Commercial Non-Skid Shoe Covers and Alternative Materials
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Teflon-coated floorings Chemlam-X29A and X22B of the chemical-biological protective shelter CBPS tent system are necessary for decontaminability but are slippery under foot. Under normal walking conditions, soldiers who wore ordinary combat boots reported a slipping hazard under wet conditions with fast-paced movement, footing is expected to become even more precarious. Commercially available non-skid shoe covers were evaluated in the laboratory as a means of reducing the risk of slipping but did not prove to confer any non-slip advantage. Some alternate materials were identified that can be applied as tread to disposable shoe covers and would provide greater wet and dry slip resistance on the CBPS flooring than uncovered combat boot soles.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Protective Equipment
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems