Physical protection elements

Allied Tactical Publication (ATP) – 3.8.1 stresses that any CBRN attack should be analysed through temperature and weather conditions, in particular. Commanders have to capitalize on CBRN risk assessment in order to determine the most effective protection requirements. The use of protective mask, chemical protective clothing, overboots, gloves, should be followed with numerous precautions which are important in case of special conditions.

Protective Mask.

  • Use a neutral or grey eye lens to prevent snow blindness and the fogging of field
  • protective eye lenses.
  • Use tape on lenses so that only slits are left if neutral or grey lenses are not
  • available.
  • Blow remaining water out of the drinking system to prevent ice from forming.
  • Exhale steadily and slowly to try to prevent frost on the lenses.
  • Wear the mask carrier in a position that permits maximum mobility.

Chemical Protective Clothing.

The commander’s assessment is affected by the fact that chemical protective clothing can be neither waterproof nor water resistant. There are several levels of protection, depending on an identified CBRN threat.

Overboots. CBRN socks may complement the foot protection.

Protective gloves. Suitable liners and then the rubber hand protection is a must. Also, a proper glove is required to preclude restricting blood circulation and cold weather injury.

The EU-SENSE demonstration and training will rely on the abovementioned guidance.