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FEATURE

by Sigrid Tornquist

FOR PPE THAT IS BOTH EFFECTIVE AND
COMFORTABLE-AND MORE LIKELY TO
BE WORN REGULARLY AND PROPERLY-
CONSIDER A SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
APPROACH TO DESIGN.

P

erhaps never before has the acronym "PPE"
been so much a part of the common vernacular.
In the days of COVID-19, few are unfamiliar with
the term. However, PPE-personal protective
equipment-is made up of more than N95 masks and
medical gloves and gowns. PPE spans all manner of
coverings that workers wear to keep themselves safe
on the job. And for textile experts and fabricators who
spend their lives focusing on designing and making
PPE, the importance-and complexity-of these items
comes as no surprise.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), PPE is "equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that
cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses
may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical,
mechanical or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment
may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or
muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits."
In the following Q&A, Marc Mathews, research associate with the
Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh, explains a systems approach to designing PPE.

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Marc Mathews is a research
associate with the Textile
Protection and Comfort Center
(TPACC) at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh. Previously,
Mathews was a CBRN (chemical,
biological, radiological and
nuclear) specialist for the Marine
Corps (1999−2003), serving in OEF
(Operation Enduring Freedom)
in Kuwait and OIF (Operation
Iraqi Freedom) in Iraq. He also
worked for the Army at the
Natick Soldier Systems Center in
Natick, Mass., for what is now the
Combat Capabilities Development
Command Soldier Center
(CCDC-SC); and for personal
protective equipment company
Ansell, working primarily on
military and first responders'
glove and body protection.

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