Immersion Suit Donning in Dynamic Environments: Implications for Design, Construction & Use

MacKinnon, Scott and Small, G. R. and Mallam, S. C. (2014) Immersion Suit Donning in Dynamic Environments: Implications for Design, Construction & Use. TransNav : International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation , 8 (3). pp. 429-437. ISSN 2083-6481

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Abstract

Marine abandonment immersion suits are a vital piece of safety equipment intended to protect individuals from exposure to harsh environmental elements. The operational effectiveness of a well maintained and fitted suit depends on the ability of a user to correctly don a suit system. Thirty‐two participants performed immersion suit donning trials in six experimental conditions. Dynamic, pre‐abandonment marine emergency scenarios were simulated using a six degrees of freedom motion platform and varying environmental lighting levels. This article details user‐suit interaction challenges encountered throughout immersion suit donning tasks and examines their connection to safety and survival in marine emergencies. Analysis of user‐suit functionality during the donning process is critical for identifying current deficiencies in order to develop future design solutions, training methodologies and ultimately improve users’ practical competencies.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11773
Item ID: 11773
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: Safety at Sea, Immersion Suit, Dynamic Environment, Marine Abandonment Immersion Suit, Safety Equipment, Marine Emergency, Emergency Scenario, Survival Requirements
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
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