HUMAN FACTORS EVALUATION OF THE BATTLEFIELD MUNITIONS DISPOSAL PROTECTIVE ENSEMBLE

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Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Milton ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A two day field trial was undertaken at CFB Valcartier with 11 soldiers (ten male and one female) from 5 RGC. BMD ensembles were issued to each soldier with instructions in assembly and adjustment. Fit and range of motion were assessed prior to engaging in field exercises. The first day exercise evaluated specific individual demining tasks (the #1 and #3 positions). All soldiers wore combat clothing first to establish a performance baseline for all human factors criteria. Soldiers then performed individual demining tasks in three BMD clothing conditions, each with different levels of ballistic coverage, in a balanced order. Following the completion of all individual tasks, a focus group discussion was held to evaluate all four clothing conditions against specific human factors criteria. On the second trial day, four soldier teams were assessed while performing a complete demining cycle. During the demining cycle, all soldiers wore only the full BMD ensemble and provided comments to HF observers regarding ease of communication and task performance. Soldier ratings of the suitability four clothing conditions for peacekeeping demining followed a predictable pattern; combat clothing and the vest alone were rated as acceptable and the partial and full ensembles were rated as unacceptable. TRUNCATED
Keywords
BMD (Battlefield Munitions Disposal)
Date of publication
09 May 1995
Number of Pages
21
DSTKIM No
96-02964
CANDIS No
499422
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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