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Army

Respiratory protective mask

Scarf-like mask protects personnel against riot control agents

Environmental
Integrated respiratory and eye protective scarf (IREPS)

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.

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