Accession Number:

ADA513263

Title:

Ergonomics Evaluation of Law Enforcement Chemical/Biological (CB) Personal Protective Equipment for the Law Enforcement Advanced Protection (LEAP) CB Standards Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 2007-Mar 2008

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK SOLDIER CENTER MA

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

The evaluation described in this report tested chemicalbiological CB ensembles to determine the impact on ergonomic and human factors performance. The performance of each CB ensemble was compared to the performance of the baseline duty uniform. Statistically significant differences were found in many areas, indicating that wearing the CB ensemble adversely affects the ergonomic performance when compared to the baseline duty uniform. CB ensembles were evaluated using two separate human test subject groups, including military personnel and state police troopers. While wearing each ensemble, the two test groups performed a series of tasks, including timed donning and doffing, gross and fine hand dexterity tasks, body mobility tasks, and law enforcement based mission scenarios. Each test subject also performed these tasks wearing only the duty uniform, which served as the baseline level of performance. The recommendations identified within this report will be provided to the National Institute of Standards and Technology - Office of Law Enforcement Standards NIST-OLES for consideration when developing law enforcement specific CB standards.

Subject Categories:

  • Safety Engineering
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE