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HOSDB Blunt Trauma Protector Standard for UK Police (2007) - Limb and Torso Protectors 20-07

This standard covers protective equipment that is worn by police officers to reduce the risk of injury to the limbs and torso from low velocity blunt trauma impacts, such as those caused by hand thrown missiles and hand wielded weapons. It does not consider threats posed by ballistics, bladed weapons, fire or protection for the head which are covered in other HOSDB publications.

The standard includes tests and information, which can be used to assist police forces in the selection of suitable protective equipment for low velocity blunt trauma. It provides information on area of protection, protection above the minimum requirements specified in the standard and guidance on quality assurance testing by manufacturers. Issues of ergonomics or suitability for role should be considered during the selection process.

The standard will enable police services to issue guidance on the selection of protective equipment for blunt trauma that will assist Chief Officers when carrying out risk assessments that are required to comply with the Police (Health and Safety) Act.

Date: Mon Oct 01 11:38:34 BST 2007

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