protective capabilities start with the opening of the vapor barrier bag
and continues for up to 30 days, or until the overgarment becomes
contaminated. When contaminated, the overgarment gives the soldier up to
24 hours of protection before it must be discarded.
c. Footwear Covers.
The footwear covers (Figure 1-2) are loose-fitting impermeable rubber.
They have a non-slip sole. There are two models: one uses four eyelets
to lace around the foot, the other uses five eyelets.
covers are one-size-fits-all. They can be worn on either the right or
The footwear covers are issued in a plastic bag with two
pairs of laces and an instruction sheet.
The footwear covers provide
protection to the soldier from all known field concentrations of chemical
agents. This protection is provided for a minimum of 30 days starting
with the first day of wear.
If the footwear covers are in good
condition, they can be decontaminated and reused.
d. Protective Gloves.
The protective gloves (Figure 1-2) are issued as a set. The set consists
of an outer glove and an inner glove to assist in absorption of
perspiration. The outer gloves are made of an impermeable, black butyl
rubber. The inner gloves are a thin, white cotton glove which can be
worn on either hand. The gloves are available in four sizes: S-small, M-
medium, L-large, and X-large. The gloves are issued in a plastic bag
with an instruction sheet. The gloves provide protection from vapors,
It is good for a
minimum of 30 days, starting the first day of wear.
Gloves in good
condition can be-reused if decontaminated. The standard issue leather
gloves can be worn over the protective gloves. It is important to wear
leather gloves when handling rough objects.
This will protect the
protective glove from punctures and tears.
Exposure of the rubber to DS2, break-free, antiseize compound or any
other petroleum-based products attacks the rubber polymers in the gloves
and makes them sticky. Avoid contact with these materials, if possible.
However, replace the gloves if the rubber is sticky.
Use bleach and
water to remove these compounds from the rubber gloves as soon as
e. Chemical Protective Helmet Cover.
The protective helmet cover (Figure 1-2) protects the Personnel Armor-
System Ground Troop (PASGT) Helmet from chemical and biological
contamination. The cover is a piece of butyl-coated nylon cloth gathered
at the edge by an elastic web enclosed in