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Exploratory Study on the Current Limitations of Personal Protective Equipment and the Potential for Innovation
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Exploratory Study on the Current Limitations of Personal Protective Equipment and the Potential for Innovation


 
This article is brought to you by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) from issue 25.2 of The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction available on the JMU Scholarly Commons and Issuu.com.

By Kyaw Lin Htut [ Norwegian People’s Aid ]

Personal protective equipment (PPE) in mine action typically consists of a polycarbonate visor that fully covers the face and front neck, and body armor consisting of an apron made of aramid fabric (i.e., Kevlar) that fully covers the front torso, groin, and neck. PPE used in mine action is generally considered as “the last line of defense” since the primary method through which accidental deaths and injuries are prevented is through the application of and adherence to appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs). However, with any operations, there is always an element of “acceptable risk,” and universal adherence to all SOPs at all times by all mine action personnel is not realistic. Thus, the primary purpose of PPE is to minimize harm rather than prevent it. This must be balanced with factors such as weight, mobility, visibility, and to a lesser extent, cost. 

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Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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