The Army is making protection from tear gas as simple as putting on a surgical mask. The integrated respiratory and eye protective scarf (IREPS) provides a protective solution to users with beards, or who must operate with unique head-borne equipment including helmets, communications gear, and eyewear.
Traditional masks are made of rigid materials, requiring an operator to remove head-borne equipment before donning the mask. IREPS is a simple, comfortable wrap constructed from commercially available materials that are layered to form a semi-permeable material that can breathe and trap particulates. The material has a one-way stretch, allowing it to be pulled around a user’s headphone ear cups, and the back of a protective helmet to afford full protection. The IREPS filter component has exceeded the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards for protection from 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (also known as CS or tear gas), and a demonstrated filtration capacity of up to 140 minutes.
- Easily donned over head-borne gear
- Beard-friendly and comfortable
- Compliant with NIOSH standards
- Small and lightweight for carrying in a pocket
- Device has been prototyped and test data has been collected
- US patent applied for and available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Army researchers