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    Survey of Use and Maintenance Procedures for Chemical Protective Total Encapsulation Garments

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    This investigation essentially determined that all total encapsulation garments require basically the same use and maintenance procedures, regardless of base material or manufacturer. A few important differences exist between suits, however, and these differences tend to be concentrated in the closure systems, dump valves, glove to sleeve joints, and pressure sealing zippers. Other areas in which there is a slight disagreement or missing information include “buddy” systems, decontamination, laundering, and drying.

    It also needs to be emphasized that input from users fell far below the hoped-for amounts; thus, this paper's input is heavily slanted in favor of the manufacturers.


    total encapsulation garments, dump valves, pressure sealing zippers, “buddy” system, decontamination, protective clothing

    Author Information:

    Moore, JA
    Director, Research and Development, Standard Safety Equipment Co., Palatine, IL

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP17323S