Man in Simulant Testing (MIST) of Domestic Preparedness Suits Kappler Model 42483 Responder CSM Level A Suit [open pdf - 2MB]
Testing of the Responder CSM(registered) Level A suit ensemble was conducted according to MIST test guidelines promulgated by the Joint Services Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) test working group. This testing was conducted with the chemical agent simulant methyl salicylate (MS) to determine the protective capability of the suit against chemical warfare agents (CWA). This testing was to fill in data gaps on commercial protective suits (they are not certified by either NIOSH or OSHA for CWA) so they can be used by emergency personnel at sites that have been infiltrated by terrorist assailants with unknown chemical and/or biological weapons of mass destruction. The testing showed that the Responder CSM(registered) suit, when worn in the Level A mode with self-contained breathing apparatus (SOBA), provided wearers with an overall protection factor of 1686.