Can Stab Resistant Vests Improve The Safety Of Parking Enforcement Professionals?

Parking Enforcement Officers are just some of many front-line professional often employed by local governments, and often subject to verbal abuse and even serious physical assaults.

Preventing the abuse and attacks and subsequent injuries on Parking Enforcement Professionals has now become a real issue and task for many Local Governments.

Are you aware of the fact that hundreds of Parking Enforcement Professionals are being attacked every year here in the UK alone?

Did you know that work-related violence is a contributing factor to stress and absenteeism among staff costing UK employers £700 million annually.

So, do I think that concealable and lightweight stab resistant vests should be considered when  discussing and evaluating how we can effectively help protect these men and women?

Yes I certainly do, and I say this absolutely regardless of the fact that I lead a firm specialized in the design, development and manufacturing of such equipment. I say it because I genuinely and simply care about human life and I would stress that it is crucial to look after those who operate in a ‘higher risk environment’ and those engaging with potentially hostile, intoxicated, frustrated, depressed or aggressive members of the public!

We know that a person who is either intoxicated, simply has a serious dislike for the organisation you represent or aggressively disagrees with any decision you are about to make can overreact to anything you say or do.  A lightweight high visibility stab resistant vest will protect you in such case from any impulsive physical assault such person might commit (and possibly deeply regret the following day for the rest of his/her life).

This following image highlights that a body armour does not always need to look ‘authoritative’, ‘offensive’ or ‘confrontational’.  We live in a society where a high visibility clothing has become the norm for workwear for many professionals.  This type of body armour can be ‘fine tuned’ with the corporate badge highlighting the name and logo of a Local Government and a badge ‘PARKING ENFORCEMENT‘ can also easily be added to the back.

PPSS Hi VIz Overt Stab Resistant Vests offer certified protection form edged weapon as well as unrivaled protection form blunt force trauma and hypodermic needles!

Truly outrageous physical attacks on Parking Enforcement Officers have been revealed in data released by local authorities across the UK and many other countries.

Recent statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act also reveal incidents of council staff in the UK being punched, bitten, head-butted, attacked with pool cues and even suffering sexual abuse. Many of these attacks have resulted in injuries bad enough for the worker to require hospital treatment and often surgery. The media is full of reports covering these incidents.

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PPSS Overt Stab Resistant Vests also offer unmatched protection from hypodermic needles as well as blunt force trauma.

PPSS Overt Stab Resistant Vests also offer unmatched protection from hypodermic needles as well as blunt force trauma.

We must admit these statistics and news of incidents are a stark reminder of the dangers faced by many public sector workers as they go about their work – often on relatively low levels of pay.

We will hopefully also agree that all of our public servants should feel safe to carry out their important work without the threat of physical and verbal abuse.

However, we also must accept the fact that the above can be classed as ‘wishful thinking’ and may well not be part of reality in today’s society… certainly not in certain parts of this country.

For this reasons appropriate and operationally sensible protection for these frontline professionals is something that needs looking at.

‘Protection’ should effective conflict management training, lone worker safety devices (tracking & alarm systems), radio communication and covert or overt stab vests.

Who else is at risk?

  • Parking Enforcement Officers are at risk of verbal and physical attacks from angry drivers who express their frustration and anger via unacceptable physical action, which they may well regret minutes later.
  • Environmental Officers – Enforcing regulations and to police the systems places officers at risk from violence as well as accidents at work.
  • Trading Standard Officers – Visiting car boot sales and assisting police during raids can be a high risk job at times.
  • Licensing Enforcement Officers – Visiting nightclubs, taxi ranks, take aways and other late night venue puts them in contact with intoxicate and sometimes hostile members of the public.
  • Housing Officers – Verbal and physical attacks from tenants, when discussing issues such as ‘rent areas’
  • Probation Officers – At a high risk of violence due to the nature of this work.
  • Social Workers – Staff are often required to work at all hours, including late at night often in deprived areas increasing risk of violence.
  • Specialist Teaching staff – Dealing with behavioural problems and special needs, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour can represent realistic dangers.
  • Community Care Workers – Working with vulnerable groups in disadvantaged areas increases risk of violence.

To make it very clear, I am of course not saying everyone working for a Local Government is at risk of getting stabbed or brutally assaulted… of course not. This is of course depending on a number of factors e.g. are you working alone, time of work, location of work, and precise job responsibilities.  However I feel strongly that any public sector professional must have the right to be equipped appropriately.

I have stated it so many times over the past few years… but every time I speak to my staff I explain it again and again… we do not want to sell body armour based on the fear of our customers, we much prefer to explain that wearing a body armour can very well be compared to ‘wearing a seat belt in a car’.

We do not put the seat belt on because we believe we are going to have an accident today. We are simply acknowledging the fact that there is an exceptionally small chance that we might crash.. regardless of our driving skills.  We understand that someone else might be playing on his mobile phone, another driver could be drunk or simply not pay the required attention to the traffic, and such person CAN drive into your car… and it is without any question that you will have a higher chance of remaining unharmed in such unlikely, but nevertheless possible incident if you would wear a seat belt.

But we do not put the seat belt on because we believe we are going to have an accident today… we are not paranoid and scared or anxious. We are simply acknowledging the fact that there is an exceptionally small chance that we might crash. Yet, if this chance becomes reality, you have increased the chance of survival by wearing a seat belt.

Wearing a body armour is just the same…

UK based PPSS Group is dedicated to designing, developing and manufacturing of high performance bullet resistant vests, stab vests and cut resistant clothing, in order to protect these domestic frontline professionals.

Please note PPSS Group is also the organiser of the annual LONE WORKER SAFETY Expo, taking place in November every year at London’s Olympia Conference Center.

If you feel we can help please call me or my colleagues on +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email info@ppss-group.com

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PPSS Slash & Needle Resistant Gloves… using Cut-Tex® PRO

PPSS Group’s new range of high performance slash resistant gloves: Model ‘HERACLES’

The 2015 range of PPSS Slash & Needle Resistant Gloves is being manufactured using our very own high performance cut resistant fabric Cut-Tex® PRO, offering tested and certified protection to those operating in higher risk environments.

As a manufacturer of some of the world’s leading bullet and stab resistant vests, we have been looking for new and ingenious fabrics and combinations of fibres to achieve the greatest cut protection possible, whilst still allowing you, the wearer, enough dexterity to perform all of your required activities.

After evaluating all facts and figures we feel that Cut-Tex® PRO, our in fact very own fabric is the ultimate choice for our slash resistant gloves models, offering BS EN 388:2003 Blade Cut Resistance Level  5 (the highest possible), Abrasion Resistance Level 4 (the highest possible) and Tear Resistance Level 4 (the highest possible).

It is also worth pointing out that all models are available with, or without BS EN 388:2003 Puncture Resistance Level 4 (the highest possible), something that is often of greatest importance to those frontline professionals who frequently come in contact with hypodermic needles.

PPSS Slash & Needle Resistant Gloves are now being worn by law enforcement, prison and private security officers as well as other homeland security and civil enforcement professionals around the world.

PPSS Group's new range of high performance slash resistant gloves: Model 'ARES'

PPSS Group’s new range of high performance slash resistant gloves: Model ‘ARES’

A while ago we have sent a pair of our superb ‘ARES’ model to BlueSheepdog.com, a U.S. based police training site dedicated to officer safety in order to conduct an independent test. The men behind BlueSheepdog.com go way beyond the basics of the law enforcement academy and offer officers the training they need to become safer, more effective cops. They decided to put our slash resistant gloves to the test in order to find out how good they really are.

They actually really tried to destroy them with a bunch of some serious tactical knives.  Well we didn’t expect anything less… in fact we thought ‘good on them’!

The conclusion they came to was that all slash resistant gloves, just like our ‘ARES’ model are thicker than normal average fashion or tactical gloves, and yes you do lose some fine dexterity while wearing them. However they made it crystal clear that in their opinion none of the gloves provided by our competitors (using different types of protective fabrics) were anywhere near as comfortable enough for constant wearing.

They felt the best use for slash and puncture resistant gloves is clearly when searching other human beings (especially prisoners or hostile members of the public during an arrest scenario) and cars, as there is a pretty good chance of running into something sharp, and this type of gloves can prevent a trip to the hospital for stitches and pathogen exposure treatment. Be assured neither are fun.

PPSS Group’s new range of high performance slash resistant gloves: Model ‘PALLAS’

PPSS Group’s new range of high performance slash resistant gloves: Model ‘PALLAS’

So, what good is a review of protective gloves if the party testing the gloves don’t pull out a knife (or in this case four of them) and try to cut through our gloves? Well, that is exactly what the guys from BlueSheepdog.com did.

As you can see in their video (check their website), the guys from BlueSheepdog.com took multiple swipes with different knives and our high performance slash resistant gloves did very well.

They used each knife to cut the palm side. All of the knives cut through the palm grip and non-protective nylon material easily. However, none of the knives penetrated the Cut-Tex® PRO fabric.

CRKT Triumph

CRKT Triumph

The final knife (the CRKT Triumph) did manage to break through the Cut-Tex® PRO lining from the back side of the glove. But, when we spoke to BlueSheepdog.com we all agreed that we cannot consider the gloves to be a failure. Just like bullet resistant vests, cut resistant gloves provide an exceptional level of resistance and protection… but a bullet resistant vest can be defeated too, that’s simply subject to the speed, the velocity, weight and several other technical aspects of the round being fired at the body armour.

The concluding reassuring statement by BlueSheepdog.com was as follows:

“The gloves withstood more than can reasonably be expected of them. I think the ‘ARES’ Slash Resistant Gloves by PPSS Group are a real high quality item that offer a brilliant and reliable level of cut protection. When viewed as a tool, not a magic solution, they are definitely worth the purchase.”

I can certainly live with this conclusion.  It is once again another great endorsement from frontline professionals with several years of operational experience highlighting that whatever my firm designs, develops and manufactures is ‘right’ and ‘good’.

The new updated 2015 range of our PPSS Slash & Needle Resistant Gloves features several new and upgraded models.  The 2015 PPSS Slash & Needle Resistant Gloves catalogue can now be viewed online click here

Please note that PPSS Group as well as PPSS North America Inc can only service minimum order volumes of 10 pair, but we are happy to put you in touch with one of our international distributors and their online shops.

In case you have any questions… please visit our global website www.ppss-group.com email my team info@ppss-group.com or call our UK based global headquarters HQ on +44 (0) 845 5193 953

Our U.S. based legal entity PPSS North America Inc. will look after our U.S. and Canada based friends and customers, so please contact us in case we can be of assistance. Visit www.ppss-northamerica.com email info@ppss-northamerica.com or call 800-928-4802

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Body Armour Can Help Protect Housing Enforcement Officers

Frontline Housing Officers charged with solving bitter neighbourhood disputes and delivering ‘bad news’ are at risk of being assaulted. In my professional opinion it is without question that lightweight and thin body armour can effectively help improve their personal safety.

Housing enforcement officers have always been at potential risk of verbal abuse and physical violence from members of the public.

Frontline housing officers carry out a range of highly sensitive work, such as collecting rent arrears and dealing with anti-social behaviour and sometimes very ‘intense’ neighbour disputes. They often have to deliver unwelcome messages, perhaps turning down a housing application, or a request for a repair which is the resident’s responsibility. I strongly believe that concealable or overtly worn stab resistant vests can help protect these professionals when being attacked by those expressing their anger via physical action.

However, recent reports also show the number of pre-eviction notices soaring by 26% across UK social housing.  In fact, one in every 105 households in England is at risk from repossession or eviction, new statistics have revealed.

Housing charity Shelter’s research found ‘hotspots’ around the country where the chance of family losing its home is even higher. In Nottingham and Luton, one in 60 homes are at risk, whilst in Salford one in 61 is threatened. In both Newcastle upon Tyne and Wolverhampton one in 63 homes is at risk.

But the area where the threat of eviction or repossession is highest is the London borough of Newham, where as many as one in every 35 homes is at risk.

Shelter’s helpline is currently taking over 470 calls a day, offering support and advice to homeless families and those fighting to stay in their homes. With housing costs soaring and welfare cuts continuing to take their toll, the charity is bracing itself for a record number of calls this Christmas.

But who is dealing with most of the tenants who are either genuinely unable to honour their financial commitment of paying the due rent and also those tenants who simply cannot be bothered to pay the rent and those who simply feel they should not pay anything at all…. society in general or indeed the government owes them one?

Who will the bearer of bad news, verbally engage with some potentially disrespectful, intoxicated and truly hostile tenants, and who will at the end have to take the necessary physical action of evicting the tenant?

In simple terms it will most likely be the Housing Enforcement Officer.

The question we need to ask ourselves is what can and should be done to create the highest possible chance of these housing officers coming home at the end of their shift… unharmed?

PPSS Stab Resistant Vests have become a real necessity within Housing Associations and are worn by frontline housing staff in several countries around the world.

In a survey of 200 social landlords carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing’s journal Inside Housing, a shocking total of 8,898 assaults on front-line housing staff were reported between January 2009 and April 2012, but please let us not overlook those assaults that remain unreported for whatever reasons.

Here is just a very small ‘chunk’ of this great article:

The research also reveals the number of assaults that occurred between January 2009 and the end of March this year. There were 8,898 verbal and physical assaults reported by housing staff of the 223 organisations that responded to our requests – roughly eight a day across the UK.

Around 1,350 of those assaults against housing staff were physical attacks – more than one a day – with the remainder involving verbal abuse. Perhaps most worryingly, the number recorded has been rising year-on-year. In 2011, landlords reported 2,480 verbal assaults, which was a 13 per cent increase on the number logged in 2010. There was an even larger jump in the number of physical attacks recorded: 483 physical assaults were reported in 2011 – a 35 per cent rise on the previous year.”

Survey Results:

  • 64% of survey respondents who do not report all assaults say incidents are ‘just part of the job’
  • 84% of survey respondents have been verbally assaulted
  • 38% of survey respondents who have been assaulted did not report all incidents to their employer
  • 51% of survey respondents believe their employer is not always doing enough to protect them from assault
  • 8% of survey respondents have had a weapon used against them
  • 1% of survey respondents have been sexually assaulted

The following are just a few news snips highlighting serious safety problems to housing officers around the world:

There are a number of reasons a widely reported increase of assaults on frontline housing staff. Firstly, there is increased pressure on residents as a result of the global financial crisis and the difficult financial situation many are in. This causes stress, which, some people express via verbally and physically aggressive action towards anyone who they perceive as being unhelpful or ‘not understanding enough’.

Housing Managers, led by the Health & Safety Managers, will conduct internal surveys, revaluate risk assessments, potentially make lone worker security devices available and stress the importance of really good training in conflict management and conflict resolution.

I personally feel very strongly that all of the above is truly essential, especially efficient and effective training delivered by someone who REALLY knows what he/she is going on about is just crucial.

However, we also need to understand that a lack of adequate safety measures can put an individual at unnecessary risk, and cause unacceptable injury or harm. Stab Resistant vests have therefore regrettably become a real necessity within Housing Associations and are worn by frontline housing staff in several countries.

PPSS Stab Resistant Vests (Body Armour) offer the highest level of protection from edged weapon, hypodermic needles and blunt force trauma.  Weighing just 2.5kg and being just 5mm thin this type of personal protective equipment (PPE) has recently become an essential tool to combat workplace violence related injuries and even death.

PPSS Stab Resistant Vests are available as COVERT, OVERT or HI VIZ OVERT model!

Please view our following video:

Yes, I do agree… the risk of being shot or stabbed is not as high as some news writers might want to make us believe.  However, the risk of someone ‘overreacting’ to you or your colleagues because YOU are just in the process of disconnecting the water, gas or electricity supply, the risk of someone taking aggressive physical action against you because YOU are trying to collect money/rent that person is not able or willing to hand over, or the risk of some ‘overreacting’ and willing to harm you simply because you are not willing or unable to solve their long lasting dispute with their much hated neighbour is a very REAL risk!

PPSS High Visibility Stab Resistant Vests

When such situation arises and when such person is calling you all the ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ words in the world and is throwing the first punch… a body armour can make a real difference.

A body armour will allow you to focus entirely on two objectives… your escape or your defence of your head… because it will be your body armour that will take care of your vital organs, your heart, your lungs and your kidney… and everything else hidden within your rib cage.

I have written this article in April 2013 and of course many things have happened since. Today’s rather interesting, but not surprising news “One in three ‘behind on rent’ since housing benefit changes” is highlighting the fact that a third of council tenants are behind with rent:

  • “The TUC’s False Economy campaign made Freedom of Information requests to all of Britain’s councils; 114 responded. Data revealed 50,000 tenants had fallen into arrears since 1 April 2013 when the housing benefit changes came in.”

It is without question that Council’s Housing Rent Arrear Officers will have their work cut out dealing with these tenants, with some indeed being polite, respectful and reasonable… however some being hostile, intoxicated and abusive.

If you want to speak with my team about stab resistant vests… please call +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

Take good care of yourself.

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World’s Toughest Cell Extraction Vest Hits Global Corrections and Prison Market

PPSS Cell Extraction Vest - offering NIJ Level III (stab + spike) protection plus absolutely unmatched protection from blunt force trauma injuries.

PPSS Cell Extraction Vest – offering NIJ Level III (stab + spike) protection plus absolutely unmatched protection from blunt force trauma injuries.

Cell Extraction Vests’ are designed to offer the highest level of protection to those frontline professionals engaging with some of the most hostile, brutal, vicious and irrational human beings on this planet… many of which have taken other human lives in some of the most horrendous manner.

When we decided to create such crucial piece of personal protective equipment it was paramount to first discuss all design and performance issues with Correctional Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Tactical Support Units (TSU) and other serving Corrections and Prison Officers tasked with responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances in prisons, possibly involving uncooperative or violent inmate.

However, before I continue I want to say a big ‘thank you’ too all officers who have kindly taken the time to assist us and provide us with absolutely critical information and sharing some of their experiences.

There is no question about it, professionals like them have above all the moral right to be issued with the best possible personal protective equipment… and I do genuinely believe our latest PPSS Cell Extraction Vests are the very best.

PPSS Cell Extraction Vest - Open Neck Guard

PPSS Cell Extraction Vest – Open Neck Guard

Of course, I very much understand frontline professionals critically questioning my claim to have just developed what we believe is the ‘toughest’ cell extraction vest on the market. However, I would like to respectfully point out that we have already developed some of the arguably world’s best body armour, effectively reducing the risk of workplace violence related injuries and even death.

Every time we have done so we have also created specific, transparent and honest videos highlighting the incredible performance levels of our equipment and the fact that we truly believe in our own products. Now we have done it all over again!

The following video is a 7:45min LIVE video demonstration (witnessed by several well respected frontline professionals) highlighting the simply outstanding performance of our new ‘PPSS Cell Extraction Vest’, certified against the stringent NIJ 0115.00 Level III (stab + spike) standard… the highest stab resistance protection standard/level out there. The physical demos start @ 02:50min

This video not only highlights the incredible level of protection from makeshift edged weapons, shanks, razor blades, hypodermic  and tattoo needles (all weapons commonly found in correctional institutions around the world), but also the truly unmatched level of protection from blunt force trauma.

Blunt force trauma is – as its name would suggest – a severe traumatic assault in this case caused to the body with the sudden introduction of a blunt instrument used with great force. This can sometimes be caused by a kick, punch or blow, or by an attacker striking out at a victim with their hands, a large piece of wood, iron, or any item (fire extinguisher, chair, table, bricks etc.) that would cause heavy damage to the body or skull if impacted against them quickly. A great number of individuals who die from this condition do so because of the internal injuries they have received, which may result in nothing more than some exterior bruising.

ACA_logoWe fully understand that the protection of such injury is just as important as the protection from edged weapon and hypodermic needles, hence PPSS Cell Extraction Vest offer a previously unheard of level of blunt force trauma protection. This year’s ACA Conference (American Correctional Association) will see the global launch of this new high performance body armour at the Salt Lake City Convention Centre on the 16th – 19th August 2014. Please come to see us at exhibition stand #424.

Unique Features:

  • Rigid body moulded panels providing an exceptional high level of certified protection against stabbing weapons including knives and spikes in accordance to NIJ 0115.00 Level III (stab + spike)
  • Weight: Approx 7kg (16.5lbs) incl extensive neck and groin protection
  • Areal Density: 12.5kg (27.8lbs) per sqm
  • Panel thickness: 7mm  (1/3″) + foam backing
  • Body moulded collar parts providing extensive and complete wrap-around neck protection.
  • Design allows wearing the garment open and semi-secured in a state of readiness, to avoid heat stress and discomfort during periods of inactivity.
  • Design allows fully securing of the garment is extremely simple and fast.
  • Outer cover includes Molle webbing over the greatest possible area of the front and back.
  • Front opening means full securing of the garment is extremely simple and fast
  • Covers are made out of military spec Cordura® 1000D and include Molle webbing over the greatest possible area of the front and back.

Offering protecting from the following threats:

  • Blunt impact weapons, including hammers, clubs, bricks, snooker balls or light gym weights
  • High impact cutting weapons, including axes and machetes
  • Correctional facilities associated makeshift edged weapons
  • Heavy assault, including kicks and punches
  • Blunt trauma injury associated with all the above

Based on several reports and studies the ‘American Correctional Officer’ released a document a few years ago highlighting the fact that 33.5% of all assaults in prisons and jails are committed by inmates against staff, and that a correctional officer will be seriously assaulted at least twice in a 20 year career.

On 2nd August 2014 The Economist (a respected UK Newspaper) stated the following under the headline ‘Rough Justice:

“We are just waiting for a complete riot,” says an officer at a large prison in England. “For the first time I think we’re only in control due to the prisoners’ good will.” He has excellent reason to worry. Last year the prison service’s riot squad was called out 203 times—up from 129 in 2012. On July 26th inmates’ good will ran out in Ranby prison in Nottinghamshire as prisoners took over part of the jail. It took officers eight hours to regain control.

Our job is to design, develop and manufacture high performance body armor that will reduce the severity of the any potential injuries and the number of death within this demanding and challenging work environment. PPSS Group 2014

In case you have any questions… please comment on my article or visit our global website www.ppss-group.com email my team info@ppss-group.com or call our UK based HQ on +44 (0) 845 5193 953 PPSS North America Inc

However, our own new U.S. based legal entity PPSS North America Inc. will also allow us to look after our U.S. and Canada based associates and friends and colleagues in the most efficient and effective manner, so please contact us in case we can be of assistance. Visit www.ppss-northamerica.com email info@ppss-northamerica.com or call 800-928-4802

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Body Armour – Why?

PPSS Overt Stab Resistant Vests also offer unmatched protection from hypodermic needles as well as  exceptional protection from blunt force trauma injuries caused by a kick, punch or blow of a blunt object.

In an ever changing world, where a lack of respect and lack of discipline are the order of the day, appropriate protective clothing such as bullet resistant vests or stab resistant vests and similar types of body armour have become an essential piece of equipment for many security and other domestic frontline professionals.

We all need to understand that a lack of adequate safety measures can put an individual at unnecessary risk, and cause unacceptable injury or harm. Body armour have therefore regrettably become a real necessity within a number of domestic frontline professions.

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory conducted a number of case studies about 10 years ago, and approached over 400 organisations of various sizes and across a range of different occupations. Detailed questionnaires were sent and interviews were conducted with the selected organisations and the information which they provided formed the basis of these widely respected case studies.

The outcome is of great relevance to the question: ‘Body Armour – Why?’

Highlighted Risk Areas

  • Visiting people in their home or office to enforce laws and regulations, police the system or being the bearer of bad news increases the level of risk and subsequently the need for body armour or stab resistant vests.
  • Certain geographical areas or trouble spots are high risk, such as poor or run down council estates or high crime level areas.
  • Dealing with certain high risk individuals, such as potentially violent or aggressive members of the public, drug users or dealers, or mentally ill individuals.
  • Dealing with extremely frustrated and disappointed customers (e.g. customers extremely unhappy with the service your or your partner organisation has provided)
  • Working late at night.
  • Evicting people from their home.
  • Securing or protecting property, events or people is a professional responsibility that certainly warrants the need for body armour or stab vests.
  • Visiting unoccupied buildings.

Any of the above points should in itself be reason enough to at least consider the issue of body armour to domestic frontline services and departments. But I could highlight many more reasons, making a decision not to issue potentially life saving PPE even more controversial.

Corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide laws as well as health & safety regulations have been rewritten in countries around the world, in order to protect those who serve and risk their lives for others. The cost of facing potential legal action after a fatal or non-fatal incident and the cost of injured employees taking time off would outweigh the one-off cost of body armour. Assaults on personnel who are not wearing body armour or other types of protective clothing also create bad publicity for the Authority concerned, not to mention the welfare of the person involved and operational problems resulting from the injured staff being unable to work.

However, the most popular argument against body armour I have personally come across is the concern about how it might be seen by the public when frontline employees start walking around in body armour. Well, ‘perception’ is one of the most important issues within personal safety,

PPSS Hi Viz Stab Resistant Vests

PPSS Hi Viz Overt Stab Resistant Vests have become the public sector’s first choice of body armour because they offer exceptional protection from all types of edged weapons, but they also create an image of ‘being approachable’.  In times of a threat members of the public will associate the ‘hi viz’ look with ‘the ability to be taken to safety’… rather than being ‘told off’.

For me, frontline employees dealing with the public should be doing their utmost to express themselves as peaceful ambassadors within their line of work.

COVERT Stab Resistant Vests allow them to use their positive personality, diplomacy and negotiation skills to defuse a situation, whilst still being protected.

However, we do understand that certain professionals e.g. Police, Border Control, Immigration, Customs, Parking Enforcement, Trading Standards or Licensing Enforcement Officers need to be seen as ‘Authority’ or visual deterrent… hence many within these type of organisations prefer to wear OVERT Stab Resistant Vests or even HI VIZ OVERT Stab Resistant Vests which has recently become the public sector’s first choice.

Risk Assessments & Body Armour

Regardless of the outcome of any common risk assessment, the fact of the matter is that there is always an ‘unknown’ level of risk due to unforeseen circumstances. Ordinary risk assessments might often conclude in the verdict of ‘low risk’, however these often fairly basic risk assessments are based on technical facts or ‘on-hand information’ only, and as much as I appreciate them, they often do not go beyond these facts. A risk assessment dealing with the activity of an enforcement professional having to enter someone else’s property or deal with potentially ‘unhappy’ and frustrated or aggressive customers or clients can in my opinion, never ever result in low risk. The moment such professional walks through someone’s door or deals with often unfamiliar members of the public at another location, one can simply not know who else will be in the house or who else might enter the house at a later point.  What activities have taken place prior to your visit? Who else might be going to interfere or engage in your conversation or argument at a later point?  All of these issues and questions must have an impact when discussing the potential issuing of body armour.

Here in the UK it is as follows*:

  1. Employers are required to make a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of the risks involved in their business operations.
  2. When conducting the risk assessment the employer is required to consider “reasonably foreseeable” risks, and these risks would include the possibility of an employee in a confrontational role being assaulted.
  3. Employers are obliged to use “safe systems of work” which is why they must first do a risk assessment.
  4. If the risk assessment identifies the possibility of being stabbed as a significant risk then control measures must be designed into the safe system of work to either eliminate or minimise this risk.
  5. If, having considered all potential management techniques, the risk of being stabbed cannot be reduced below a significant level then the employer should consider the use of body armour – and will have to meet the cost of such equipment.
  • * above bullet points courtesy of Andy Farrall, Health & Safety Specialist

Good question… what would you do if you were driving a car and your petrol light comes on, indicating you only have a small amount of petrol left? Would you start thinking: Will I make it home or not? Some people would be willing to take the risk in this situation. In the workplace though, in my view, it is the duty of the employer to not allow their employees to take unknown risks on their own accord without the provision of equipment and training to protect them should they make a mistake in their own judgement. ‘Better safe than sorry’ and ‘Prevention is better than cure’ are two great sayings, making more sense within corporate health & safety than anywhere else. I hope you would stop and get some fuel, because you want to be on the safe side. You might have made it, but you didn’t want to take that risk. The bottom line is you cannot afford to break down. The fact that some professional’s activity involves a rather ‘unknown risk’ must urge key decision makers to remain at least open minded when it comes to body armour, stab resistant armor, or additional training that can be made available.

‘Seat Belt’ Comparison

Recommending body armour does not mean we suggest you are in danger and neither does it mean you should get paranoid or scared 24 hours a day.  I simply say that you will have a higher chance of remaining unharmed in the unlikely, but nevertheless possible, case of something going wrong. Wearing personal protective equipment can be compared to wearing a seat belt when driving a car. We do not put the seat belt on because we believe we are going to have an accident today. We are simply acknowledging the fact that there is an exceptionally small chance that we might crash. Yet, if this chance becomes reality, you have increased the chance of survival by wearing a seat belt.

We at UK headquartered PPSS Group are globally respected and renowned experts in body armour for civil and homeland security services, as well as domestic frontline services, such as paramedics, hospital security, brand protection, investigation teams, local authorities, enforcement teams, public transport, university security and many others.

Should you ever have any questions in reference to body armour, then please do not hesitate and contact my team, and in the strictest of confidence they will help you to the best of their ability.  This is exactly what we are all about!

If you want to speak with me or my team about lightweight body armour and how they potentially can help you within your line of work… please call +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

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Take good care of yourself!

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Slash Resistant Clothing – Strongly Recommended By Assaulted Prison Officer

Slash resistant sweaters, shirts and other style of garments have become more and more a target of interest to those charged with the personal safety of prison and correctional officers all over the world.  The following explains where and when the idea of developing such personal protective equipment (PPE) was born.

PPSS Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layer... designed to offer concealable and effective protection to key arteries!

PPSS Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layer… designed to offer concealable and effective protection to key arteries!

On 8th June 2012 I had the genuine pleasure to meet proud ex-infantry soldier turned prison officer ( and now very close friend of mine) Craig Wylde the first time… just two years following the horrific assault on him by full time criminal and triple murderer Kevan Thakrar.

The above attack involving Craig took place on 13th March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison here in the UK, and left him fighting for his life, after he and two colleagues were brutally assaulted by the above ‘idiot’.  Craig was left with a severed artery in his left arm after the incident, which has turned his life completely upside down.  I have spent a few hours with Craig and his wife in our first more ‘professional’ meeting, and had to witness immediately what an enormous impact this assault and subsequent injury had on this gorgeous young family’s day to day life.  It seems to be unbelievable, but nevertheless it is true, an ‘arm injury’ of this type can cause such immense level of distress, constant intense pain and test the strength of a family right to its core. Craig is currently reducing the amount of tablets he was taking in order to cope with all physical and psychological issues. The below image shows the open wound on the inside of his upper left arm, caused by a slash by Kevan Thakrar, using a broken bottle.

Craig Wylde’s cut/slash injury following the above attack in March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison

Unfortunately it is a matter of fact that the personal safety and well-being of police officers is much more in the public eye, than the important service our prison officers do provide and the dangers these professionals face every single day.  Somehow this is a little understandable (but wrong), as the public is certainly more keen to see police officers patrolling their neighbourhood and giving them a certain sense of security.  Prison officers on the other hand a much more ‘out of sight’ end hence they do get forgotten a lot.  I don’t know, but can you see the general public discussing the safety of prison officers?  That’s a difficult one to imagine I guess.  But, don’t prison officers deserve at least the same support, attention and respect like other frontline public services?

Mt friend’s genuine desire to improve the personal safety of his colleagues has so far fallen on ‘not very perceptive ears’. Nothing  worthwhile reporting about has been done to make a difference to the safety of these professionals.  Yes, glass bottles have been removed from most prison facilities.. but you will be fully are aware of the fact that sharpened table/bed frame legs, ceramic pieces (broken off from hand basins), razor blades melted into tooth brushes and similar edged weapon are much more ‘popular’ than glass bottles?

PPSS Cut & Slash Resistant T-Shirts

Following the above assault at Frankland High Security Prison in 2010, we have developed several ‘low-profile’ protective garments made out of our very own cut and slash resistant fabric Cut-Tex® PRO!

I am talking about 100% concealable slash resistant tops that can be worn underneath a prison/correctional officer’s shirt, in order to reduce the risk of slash related injuries, rapid blood loss and the risk of the potential subsequent death of an officer.

PPE in general is not about ELIMINATING the risk of workplace violence related injuries… it is all about REDUCING THE RISK within an environment where a risk has been identified! So in this instance let’s all be honest for a minute or so, and ask ourselves the question:

Is there a risk of assaults on prison officers within high security prisons and correctional facilities?  YES, there is!

Is the risk high enough to warrant the general issue of some type of basic PPE? Yes, I genuinely believe so!

It’s very very similar to us wearing a seat belt in our car.  We don’t use a seat belt today because we know for sure we have an accident today. Neither do we use a seat belt because we are scared or paranoid, worrying that we might have a crash today.  No, not at all!  The reason why we wear a seat belt is that we do understand that we have a much higher chance of survival in case someone is drunk, plays on his mobile phone or is otherwise distracted and crashes into our car, despite our own great driving skills we might even be able to claim.

The seatbelt is ‘unlikely’ to save our lives if the other person hits us front on with a speed of 10,000 miles in hour.  However, it will ensure we survive the vast majority of all potential accidents… it is about REDUCING THE RISK!

Now back to the above question.  How much do we really care about others?  If my child is sitting on the back seat of my car I will make sure it is wearing a seat belt.  If any of my loved ones is sitting in my car I will also make sure they are wearing a seat belt.  If other people, in other cars, in other countries and on other planets decide they don’t like seat belts… that is their personal choice and I do not care!  But I must say I do have an issue with decision makers ‘not allowing’ their colleagues to wear a seat belt or in this case any type of PPE!

So… how much do we care about the personal safety of prison and correctional officers, and are we willing to make a difference?

Based on Craig’s opinion and our own operational understanding, based on personal comments we have received from dozens of his colleagues from around the world, and based on my (and my colleagues) many years of operational frontline experience within law enforcement and high risk security operations, we ALL feel that high performance slash resistant t-shirts could be a real sensible option and solution, which makes unquestionable operational sense and would not restrict the wearers movement or restrict him in his duties. We are genuinely convinced that the severity of the injury would have been significantly reduced if Craig and other officers during other attacks in other prisons in other countries around the world would have been issued with such slash resistant t-shirt.

Please have a look at this:

Would such slash resistant t-shirts or tops eliminate the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  No, it will not!

Will they reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  Yes, this is 100% guaranteed!

PPSS Slash Resistant Clothingis made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO (a highly acclaimed hi-tech fabric) and is already being worn by hundreds of homeland security professionals around the world.  It has been tested to European, International and American cut resistance standards and offers previously unmatched cut, tear and abrasion resistance too.

Based on the particular product and garment design it is able to shield the following:

Cut-Tex PRO cut resistant fabric

I would like to invite you to re-look into what can be done, and what you are willing to do, in order to improve the personal safety of these professionals.

I fully understand we have to ensure they do not look confrontational, aggressive or authoritative, and I also understand that we live in a world where access to financial resources is restricted.

However, what has happened to my friend has now happened.  We cannot turn back the time.  But what we all feel so strongly about is that SOMETHING must happen, otherwise we will sooner rather than later look at another fatality within this sector, which could be prevented by the issuing of the right type of PPE.

The fact of the matter is (as sad as it might be)… widely available statistics will tell us that it is unfortunately only a matter of time until another prison or correctional officer will be attacked, beaten, punched, kicked or stabbed (as much as we all will hate this fact).  The statistics can of course not give us the name of the next person who will become part of this statistic… so our responsibility must be to ensure it is a) not our name, and b) not the name of our colleagues and employees. However, there is no question about it… it will happen. What will we/you have done in order to reduce that risk?

Please note we are also more than happy to offer our Cut-Tex PRO cut/slash resistant fabric to the manufacturer of your current uniforms or tactical gear or coveralls. This would enable them to incorporate this high performance material into your current uniform, especially vulnerable areas that really require such level of protection.  This would effectively help protect your colleagues from potentially horrendous cut injuries.

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BodyArmorUSA The New Online Shop To Serve U.S. Based Homeland Security Specialists

With immediate effect, BodyArmorUSA is our exclusive licensed distributor in the USA for our high performance bullet resistant vests, knife resistant armor and cut/slash resistant clothing.

BodyArmorUSA is a new online shop specialised to serve U.S. based homeland security specialists with some of the world’s best, lightest and thinnest high performance body armor.

Run by Benjamin Rakhman PPS, BodyArmorUSA fully understand all operational risks, threats and duties of those who serve and protect.

I am genuinely delighted about this new co-operation. I think it is without question, we have chosen a great and truly passionate online shop distribution partner for of our range of potentially lifesaving equipment.

PPSS Bullet Resistant Vest Model CV1 – sand colour

An exclusive licensed online shop distribution agreement covering the U.S. was signed recently, allowing BodyArmorUSA to also secure individual sales from individual homeland security professionals.

PPSS Group is a UK based company, aiming to effectively reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries and loss of life by designing, developing and manufacturing only the very best protective equipment.

Already supplying police, border control, immigration, prison, customs and privately owned security firms around the world, PPSS Group’s key objective was to establish their brand in the U.S. and Benjamin Rakhman’s BodyArmorUSA will help us to achieve exactly that.

After having received numerous enquiries and orders from major companies from that part of the world PPSS Group have also decided to set up a new firm in North America.  The company will be called PPSS North America.  This firm will be run by Canada based, ex Royal and Navy Security/Military Specialist Bill Geraghty.

Precise details will be announced on 4th June 2014.

PPSS Group have launched one of the world’s thinnest, lightest and truly most exceptional concealable NIJ IIIA+ (NIJ 0101.04) bullet proof vests in 2011, with the personal safety of executive/diplomatic protection professionals and dignitaries in mind.

In September 2011 I decided to produce a video of me being shot by a Glock 19 from close range (using a 9x19mm FMJ 124gr live round) highlighting the exceptional performance of this great new bullet resistant vest.

Please view http://www.bodyarmorusa.com/ call 001-516-817-1666 and discuss any individual needs for our equipment with Benjamin Rakhman.

Individual & online shop sales only!

For departmental & company orders in North America contact: info@ppss-northamerica.com

We want to help!

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BitePRO™ Bite Resistant Arm Guards Can Protect You From Human Bites

There is no question in my mind… BitePRO™ Bite Resistant Arm Guards (using  100% Cut-Tex® PROcan very effectively help protect special educational needs teachers (SpecEd, SpEd or SPED) as well as mental health care professionals and other specialists within high secure hospitals.

BitePRO Bite Resistant Arm Guards can effectively help protect professionals specialising in special educational needs (SpecEd, SpEd or SPED), mental health care and those working within high secure hospitals.

  • According to The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, bite injuries represent 1% of all emergency department admissions in the United States!
  • According to an article by Helen Acree Conlon, MS, MPH, ARNP, titled ‘Human Bites in the Classroom:  Incidence, Treatment and Complications’ it has been estimated that at least one half of the population will experience some type of bite in their lifetime. Human bites are the third leading cause of all bites seen in hospital emergency departments after dog and cat bites. Human bites can be the source of exposure to body fluids, transmission of communicable diseases, infections ranging from cellulitis to osteomyelitis, and joint deformity from septic arthritis.
  • According to data released by the UK’s NHS Security Management Service, mental health care professionals are far more likely to be attacked than other health care workers with a total of 38,958 assaults in 2008-09, accounting for 71% of attacks on health care staff during that period. However, the percentage of which involved human bites is unknown.

Mark Perry, appeared close to tears when attending the NASUWT (largest teachers union in the UK) conference in 2009 and telling fellow delegates of his experiences with disturbed ten-year-olds in Wrexham, North Wales. He described that on one occasion he was bitten so hard that blood was drawn.

Another delegate, Suzanne Nantcurvis, a geography teacher from Llangollen, North Wales, said she knew members who had been forced to pay for immunisations and protective equipment. ‘Biting is quite a big issue in special schools and when risk assessments are completed it is usual to put in the control measure of a protective arm guard,’ she said. (taken from UK newspaper ‘Daily Mail’, printed 16th April 2009)

BitePRO Arm Guards can prevent such injuries

BitePRO Arm Guards can prevent human bite injuries, which can subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV

Debbie Townsend, Physical Intervention Training Manager of the Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust (UK) says: “Human bites can cause both physical injury, risk of infection, soft tissue damage and psychological distress to staff. Whilst our staff teams are usually aware of the potential for bites from records of previous incidents and preventative steps are taken, additional measure to protect staff from a bite may be beneficial.”

I suggest we can say that bite resistant arm guards are clearly ‘beneficial’.

What can be the effects of a human bite, and how can bite resistant arm guards help?

We are all too aware that bite related injuries can become infected and mental health care professionals, special educational needs teachers and others could subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV are also a part of reality, hence I believe that BitePRO™ Bite Resistant Arm Guards (developed by UK based PPSS Group) can help protect the above highlighted professionals.

BitePRO Bite Resistant Arm Guards 'Version 2' (usually worn underneath a blouse, shirt or jumper and offering a lower level of protection than overtly worn Version 1 arm guards)

Looking at the potential and realistic consequences, especially following a human bite, we must look at all possible options in order to help protect mental health care professionals, teachers within special needs schools and others working within challenging sectors e.g. autism and severe learning disabilities, from such consequences. These consequences in the very worst case scenario can include death, in case a serious and incurable disease has been transmitted.  

For these reasons, bite resistant arm guards have lately been issued to a number of professionals in countries around the world, successfully reducing the risk of workplace violence related injuries.

Please also allow me to point out that it is a very normal, natural and instinctive response when faced by a hostile to want to lift our arms and hands in order to defend ourselves and protect our head and facial area.  However, we must acknowledge that this subsequently exposes our forearm and hands to a higher risk of danger of arm injuries.

BitePRO Arm Guards - Version 4 (Full Arm Guards)

BitePRO™ Arm Guards Version 4 (full arm guards) will protect your entire arms up to the shoulders.

In fact the majority of injuries found on police or security guards can be found on their forearms or open hands.  These are classed as ‘defensive injuries’, indicating a person was defending himself rather than attacking the other person.

For me there is no question about it… cut and bite resistant arm guards will significantly decrease the risk of injuries and subsequently reduce the risk of infections and cross contamination.

UK based PPSS Group have now also launched an additional model of their ‘Version 1′ Arm Guards, offering additional (padded) protection from blunt forced trauma, protecting the wearer from the risk of infection following a human bites as well as effectively reducing the severity of potentially extremely painful bruising.

However, based on the many conversations I had over the past few years I can certainly confirm the main worry within most sectors seems to be the risk of infection.

Pleas take a moment and view our specialised online-shop, dedicated to BitePRO™ Arm Guards:  www.BiteResistantArmGuards.com

BitePRO Arm Guards: www.BiteResistantArmGuards.com

If you want to discuss the potential use of bite resistant arm guards within  your rganisation, then please contact our BitePRO™ Arm Guards Expert David Hopper.  Please email sales@biteresistantarmguards.com

Take good care of yourself.

Robert Kaiser, CEO

PPSS Group

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

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PPSS Group Select NIGHTGEAR as UK Exclusive Online Shop Distributor

I am very pleased to announce that we have recently decided to work exclusively with NIGHTGEAR here in the UK.

We have long looked for a leading and respected online shop… able to take weight of our shoulders in terms of dealing with the many individual inquiries we receive on a daily basis.

PPSS Certified High Performance Covert Stab Resistant Vests

Our customer feedback was loud and clear “we want an online shop we can visit, select our favourite PPSS bullet resistant vest, stab resistant vest or cut resistant garment, pay by credit card and benefit from a quick delivery”.

We at PPSS Headquarter are clearly specialised in offering all of our homeland security customers around the world the most genuine, professional and precise advise in regards to what body armour is the most suitable based on their operational duties, risks and threats… however… I also understand that some professional know exactlly what they want and prefer the convinience of a straight forward online transaction.

NIGHTGEAR’s online shop is without question the best I have personally seen… and having met their Managing Director at several occasions I also know how proud and dedicated these guys are.  I strongly believe we just got ‘angaged’ with the best tactical gear online shop in this country and I very much hope our UK based customers will appreciate the decisions we have now made.

To view NIGHTGEAR’s online shop please click here:

Please feel free to comment on this blog.  It would be a genuine pleasure to hear from you!

If you prefer to speak with me or my team about our high performance body armour and how they potentially can help you within your line of work… please call PPSS Group +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

Take good care of yourself!

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Understanding Concealable Bullet Resistant Vests !

Personal Security Detail : JULIA GILLARD (Date: 26th January 2012)

Before going into technical specifications and other rather important aspects of concealable bullet resistant vests there is one thing I must say right at the beginning of my blog:  To look after, or to be responsible for the personal security and safety of another human being and often members of their family is without question one of the very best and most rewarding professions one can be part of.

If this is something you are part of… please ensure you are looking after yourself just as well !

Your own security and personal safety

Your surely exceptional ability to collect and analyse all available relevant information, and turn it into real intelligence will make you be, or become one of the very best in your field… because you will be able not just to do an outstanding job in improving the personal security of your principal or dignitary, but also look after your own safety, as good intelligence will help you plan a few steps ahead and put effective ‘safety nets’ in place.

However, the matter of fact is that sometimes things don’t go to plan. That’s exactly when you really have to think and act quickly, make crucial decisions and rely on the gear you have invested in, prior to your assignment.

A high performance concealable bullet resistant vest must be part of this gear, and my comments here will hopefully provide you with information, which will allow you to invest in the RIGHT and BEST POSSIBLE body armour for you, based on your most realistic operational duties, risks and threats.

Please be aware that beside your weapon…  your concealable bullet resistant vest will be the only piece of equipment that really can make all the difference between your life and death… between coming home safely or not at all!

Ballistic Protection Standards

PPSS High Performance Concealable Bullet Proof Vest Model CV1

Concealable bullet resistant vests are always designed as soft body armour.  Very rarely do they feature front and rear pockets for additional hard trauma plates… that’s something you will find in overtly worn body armour, primarily in use in conflict or hostile  environments e.g. war zones or politically unrest countries.

Subject to their stated protection level, concealable bullet proof vests can offer excellent protection from even the most powerful handguns and ammunition. Tested and certified protection can be offered from .38 Special and 9mm Parabellum, to .44 Magnum and .45 Magnum rounds, as well as Israel’s rather famous Uzi sub-machine gun (still one of my favourite weapons of all time).

Many countries around the world have their own ballistic protection standard. However, the best known and most respected one is known as National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard.  The NIJ standard is recognised and respected all over the world, in comparison to the British, German or other standards, which in most cases are more dominant or relevant within homeland security services in their own country or region.

Personally I wish there would be a single International Ballistic Protection Standard all body armour manufacturers have to comply with, allowing them to manufacture larger volume and offer them to government and homeland security agencies at a much better price… but I guess that’s a little too political for this blog. However, let me make it clear here… a single International Ballistic Protection Standard  would make it MUCH easier for everyone to understand what exact protection level is the ‘right’ one for them.

Looking at this most recognised ballistic standard NIJ, what would be the best possible protection level you should be looking for?  Well, the answer is simple.  I strongly suggest you go with the highest possible protection level for ‘soft’ concealable bullet resistant vests, which is the NIJ IIIA ballistic protection level. I will get to weight and thickness issues in a few moments… but be assured they don’t need to be as thick and heavy anymore as they used to be.

Another high profile Personal Security Detail (PSD)

A NIJ Level IIIA tested and certified concealable bullet proof vest will guarantee you protection against 9 mm Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets rom close range, with nominal masses of 8.0 g (124 gr) at a reference velocity of 436 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets, with nominal masses of 15.6 g (240 gr) at a reference velocity of 436 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against all handgun threats a body armour tested and certified to NIJ Level IIA and II will offer.

Only a very few concealable bullet proof vests manufacturers have recently taken ‘safety’ even to another level and offer body armour with additional protection from Tokarev Ball 7.62 x 25mm and Makarov 9 x 18mm, which is of great benefits to Personal Protection Specialists operating in Eastern European countries or the Russian Federation, or those facing realistic threats origination from this region.

Another thing I want to point out here is the risk of Far East manufactured body armour, especially those manufactured in China.  I fully understand the financial pressure many of us are currently under, but when it comes to the purchase of a potentially life saving piece of equipment… please think at least twice!  We have to accept that a Rolex is more expensive than a cheap watch,  a Rolls Royce is more expensive than a Skoda and a trip to Kaiteriteri Beach in New Zealand is more expensive than a trip to the local coast (unless you are lucky enough to live nearby).

A tested and certified high performance body armour will not be cheap… but there is no doubt it can make a long operational day in the heat less demanding and is more likely to save your life than a body armour we have no real idea on HOW and WHERE it has been made.

A very informative video demonstration of one of the world’s most advanced high performance concealable bullet proof vests developed by UK based PPSS Group can be viewed here:

Weight

Body armour technology, manufacturing capabilities and body armour design have evolved a lot over the past 10 years.  Body armour worn by the police and other enforcement agencies in most countries weigh in excess of 5kg or even 6kg and are often thicker than 20 or even 25mm.

Please let me assure you that this is totally unnecessary.  It is a well documented fact that such weight will lead to stress, fatigue and subsequently to potentially fatal human errors. Innocent members of the public could get severely injured or loose their lives if a Personal Protection Specialist suffers from fatigue due to the excessive high weight of his body armour, and subsequently makes the wrong decision, within what will most likely be an ‘extremely stressful situation’ to start with.

Many body armour manufacturers are now capable of developing body armour less than half of the above weight, using high performance materials such as DSM’s Dyneema® SB71, Honeywell’s Gold Flex® and Gold Shield®, as well as DuPont’s Kevlar® XP are leading to a noticeable reduction and stress, fatigue and any other negative side effect.

I strongly feel that in case you are looking for a concealable high performance bullet proof vest, your body armour should certainly not weigh any more than 2.5kg in today’s day in age.  Manufacturers have been competing hard in order to develop the lightest body armour in the world.  They have pushed each other to completely new levels, hence concealable bullet proof vests weighing less than 2.0kg  are now on the market, offering extraordinary ballistic protection.  We at PPSS Group have developed our CV1 High Performance Concealable Bullet Resistant Vests around the operational requirements of those professionals who are in need for simply the very best out there. Now looking at our 1.65 kg light and just 6.5mm thin high tech body armour… we KNOW it is the very best out there.

Blunt Forced Trauma

What is ‘blunt forced trauma’?

Blunt Forced Trauma is the non-penetrating injury resulting from the rapid deformation of armours covering the body. The deformation of the surface of a body armour in contact with the body wall arises from the impact of a bullet or other projectile on its front face. The deformation is part of the energy absorbing process that captures the projectile. In extreme circumstances, the blunt forced trauma may result in death, even though the projectile has not penetrated the body armour. An escalation of the available energy of bullets and the desire of armour designers to minimise the weight and bulk of personal armour systems will increase the risk of blunt forced trauma in Personal Protection Specialists.

In order to be concealable or covert a bullet resistant vest needs to be as thin as possible.  Now this is not as easy as we all would like it to be.  The reason behind is the extremely dangerous risk of blunt forced trauma injuries.  All modern materials being used to manufacture bullet proof vests make it literately impossible for a ‘bullet’ to penetrate.  The much higher risk is the risk of blunt trauma injuries.  The thinner the body armour, the more attention the manufacturer must pay to protect the wearer from such injury.  I am sure you don’t fancy to see your body armour stop the ‘bullet’… but die later on in hospital from internal bleeding or other internal injuries!

Concealability

The aspect of concealability (is this actually a proper word?) is of immense importance… for you personally anyway, but even more likely for your principal.  Of course, there are a number of high profile musicians, actors and other type of artists out there, who get a real kick out of being surrounded by ‘hundreds’ of massive guys who look as when they can easily crush you in one hand. However, the type of principal/dignitary I had in my mind when writing this blog is the high profile business executive and political, religious or cultural leader, who are much more likely to want you to blend in and be more ‘unnoticeable’ to the public. You might even be required to adapt to their dress code, which can range from wearing just about anything starting from a suit and casual wear right up to golf clothing and other sort of training gear… so your concealable bullet proof vests really wants to be 100% CONCEALABLE!

The fact is an assault might take place even when your principal is relaxed, surrounded by friends and colleagues… things sometimes happen… and we do not see them coming:

If the Bodyguard of Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the above video was wearing a bullet proof vest on that day… we cannot see it… and neither can a potential assailant… and that’s exactly what you should be aiming for too!

Please note a good modern bullet resistant vest panel can be less than 10mm thin.  In fact, some concealable high performance bullet proof vests are as thin as 7mm and with the assistance and backing of specially designed trauma liner they still outperform existing body armour, which used to be heavy, bulky, thick and restrictive.

Comfort

Comfort is about how you feel when you wear your concealable bullet proof vest.  Weight, thickness and flexibility are three of the many aspects, which everyone should carefully consider before purchasing this type of protective equipment.

The wearability especially in hot and humid environments is also an important aspect. Please let me assure you that wearing a bullet proof vest will always make you sweat. The question is just how much?

In Middle Eastern countries, Australia, South America or Africa we have to accept the fact that temperatures can often exceed 40 degrees Celsius.  For a Personal Protection Specialist wearing a concealable bullet proof vest in such condition is a serious ‘burden’  and this professional must be able to get on with the tasks on hand without excessive body heat implications or severe risks of dehydration.

Temperature regulating fabrics, such as Outlast® space technology (as used for all PPSS Bullet Resistant Vests), or moisture-wicking technical fabrics, such as Coolmax® are now being used as base layer for high performance bullet proof vests, making them ideal for those Personal Protection Specialists operating in hot and humid environments. I urge you to find out if your potential future body armour is offering this level of ‘luxury’.

As the CEO of PPSS Group (and as someone who has worn covert body armour in some rather challenging environments and circumstances) I can say that our bullet resistant vests have been trialed by, tested by and supplied to diplomatic protection units, special forces personnel, law enforcement officers and prison transport teams in countries around the world.

 

One of our best attributes is our confidentiality… we know there are some of our closest allies, associates and colleagues out there wearing our high performance bullet resistant vests… trusting our equipment.  You know what?  They really can !!!

 

Please feel free to comment on this blog.  It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

If you want to speak with me or my team about bullet resistant vests and how they potentially can help you within your line of work… please call +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

 

Take good care of yourself!

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