Accession Number : ADA192032

Title :   Fabric/Skin Contact from Wearing the Army Battle Dress Uniform, June-July 1987.

Descriptive Note : Study rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AGENCY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Snodgrass, Hubert L

PDF Url : ADA192032

Report Date : Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Military fabrics are routinely treated with substances to extend their useful life expectancy, and with clothing, to enhance the well-being of the wearer. Of concern is the leaching out of impregnants and their availability for skin absorption. Prediction of dose in man requires the quantitation of the skin/fabric interface. The present study determined the fabric/skin contact area by dressing a mannequin in the standard issue Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) then removing all doubled or overlapping fabric. The remaining single thickness fabric was considered that portion available for skin contact. Results showed that while an average BDU ensemble (coat and trousers) contains about 5.7 sq. m of fabric, only about 2.2 sq. m could potentially contact the skin surface of the wearer. This would be reduced further to 1.3 sq.m if undergarments including T-shirt and briefs were worn.

Descriptors :   *CLOTHING, *BIOLOGICAL ABSORPTION, *PROTECTIVE COATINGS, *INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE, ARMY, DOSAGE, FABRICS, INTERFACES, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), MILITARY APPLICATIONS, PREDICTIONS, SURFACES, THICKNESS, UNDERWEAR, SKIN(ANATOMY), MILITARY MEDICINE

Subject Categories : Hygiene and Sanitation
      Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE