Personal protective equipment (PPE) for blunt trauma
This is the first edition of CSA Z617, Personal protective equipment (PPE) for blunt trauma.
This Standard has been developed with support from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Canadian Professional Police Association, and the Canadian Police Research Centre. Special credit is given to Biokinetics and Associates Ltd. who conducted the research necessary to develop and confirm the test procedures and apparatus described in this Standard.
This Standard was prepared following an in-depth examination and assessment of the actual and perceived threats faced by correctional and law enforcement officers. Cognizance has also been taken of other operational requirements. This Standard is a reflection of the state of the art in body and limb protective equipment.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard applies to personal protective apparel intended to provide protection to the torso, arms, and legs, including joints, of correctional officers and law enforcement personnel from blows with blunt objects (e.g., rocks, stones, glass bottles, pipes, baseball bats, wooden planks, etc.)* during riots, inmate control situations, and in any other situation in which there is a threat of violent attack to the torso, arms, and legs.
*See Annex B for typical energies involved with these objects.
The scope of this Standard is limited to protection of the torso, arms, and legs. It does not cover the head, neck, wrists, hands, ankles, and feet. It should be noted that protective apparel covered by this Standard is not designed to offer protection against ballistic projectiles.
Protective apparel covered by this Standard consists of components or systems of components designed to protect the torso, arms, and legs (see Annex A for advice on selection and use and Annex E for advice on care and maintenance of this equipment).
This Standard does not include performance criteria for protection against other threats (e.g., stabbing, slashing, penetration, fire, electrical, chemical, biological, and radionuclide threats).
However, reference to other Standards addressing these types of protection is made. For riot helmets and face-shields, refer to CAN/CSA-Z611. For protective footwear, refer to CAN/CSA-Z195. For stab-resistant body armour, refer to NIJ 0115.00. For other types of protective clothing, refer to BS 7971-1 and BS 7971-2. For protective gloves, refer to NIJ Test Protocol 99-114.
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