Exposed Crew Throat Protector Human Factor Usability Trial

Test d'utilisation ergonomique d'un protège-gorge pour les membres d'équipage exposés

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Authors
  1. Santos Vilhena,P.G.
  2. Ste-Croix, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A four day field trial was conducted at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier from November 19 to November 23 2007 to evaluate the usability of a new throat protector design. The aims of the trial were to confirm that one size effectively covered off the 5th to 95th percentile of the Canadian forces (CF) male population and to assess the functional impact of the proposed throat protector design on the ability of Land Forces personnel to perform their day-to-day tasks. Twenty-six soldiers completed a battery of human factors tests while wearing either no throat protector (baseline condition) or the new throat protector. A progressive testing protocol was used that included static stands; anthropometry assessment of fit, range of motion, compatibility with weapons and vehicles, and dynamic military tasks; firing range, obstacle course, mounted vehicle ambush and combat dismount, dismounted section attack, and FIBUA. Data collection included fit assessments, range of motion assessments, acceptability ratings following the tasks, thermal and physical discomfort ratings, daily and exit questionnaires, and guided focus groups. The results of this trial indicated that the throat protector design fit the male population and was acceptable for the majority of participants. The trial participants also suggested minor design modifications. Design changes to improve the throat protector design are discussed in the report.

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Keywords
throat protection;blast protection;fragmentation protection;PPE;Personal protective equipment;C-IED;counter-IED;protective equipment
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2008-174 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2008
Number of Pages
76
DSTKIM No
CA032394
CANDIS No
531504
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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