The Myth: Stab Proof Vests And Needle Protection
Written by: Robert Kaiser
“We have been told our stab proof vests offer also needle protection” is something we hear almost every single day here at PPSS Group.
Over the past 10+ years I had the privilege to see some highly experienced professionals with outstanding backgrounds representing my firm in commercial meetings up and down the country as well as overseas.
Today, our Technical Lead Colin Mackinnon is in this very important position. He joined us last year after a 27 year career within the UK Police Force (Firearms Unit, Surveillance, Under Cover and Counter Terrorism Unit) and he is without question helping us a great deal on our exciting journey.
In all those meetings we all have attended with customer and clients from such a vast variety of sectors, the biggest single key ‘misunderstanding’ or ‘misperception’ is that ‘all’ stab proof vests offer protection from hypodermic needles.
In fact everyone who had chosen to purchase and issue stab proof vests that were sold to them as ‘with spike protection’ was absolutely convinced their new PPE would also provide effective needle protection. When questioning their belief and judging on their facial expression, there was no doubt in their mind that… YES – THEIR stab proof vest will stop any hypodermic needle.
The first sad fact is that this is actually far away from the truth
The second sad fact is there are now many frontline professionals within hospital security, public transport, civil enforcement and other frontline services out there who wholeheartedly belief in the ‘nothing short of illusion’ their body armour can handle the threat of hypodermic needles, potentially leading to a real disaster with potentially fatal consequences.
The following video is featuring just two body stab proof vests we have received from existing clients who have handed over their CURRENT body armour when it was highlighted to them that their performance is, let’s say ‘questionable’.
This little blog here is little bit based on trust… trusting me. Those customers who had to witness that hypodermic needles easily penetrated their existing body armour with little effort, did of course not like to be named for obvious reasons. Some of these professionals have taken further action against their body armour supplier for having been ‘misled’… partly using ‘cheeky’ tactics… overselling the product… not telling the precise truth… and/or even making things totally up… willing to risk the lives of frontline professionals in an unjustifiable manner.
The risk of being threatened by someone with a hypodermic needles is a realistic part of today’s society. Shoplifters have threatened security guards with needles… patients have threatened hospital security staff with needles… individuals have threatened bailiffs and civil enforcement officers with needles. The list goes on.
The headline “Police officer sent to hospital after needle stick injury” was once covering the incident which saw a police officer being sent to hospital after getting pricked by a needle as he attempted to detain a 44-year-old man that night. He was trying to help detain the male, who was being arrested so he could be recalled to prison, when he was pricked by the needle – the man then stated he has Hepatitis C.
Additional headlines I came across include:
Please be assured there are many more incidents that have recently brought to our attention, each of those make us realise how important reliable needle protection really is.
People get shot and survive at times, and so do some who get stabbed by a knife or other type of edged weapon. Being ‘pricked’ by a needle may well lead to the type of injury that cannot be fixed and cause serious long term distress.
All I can really ask you at this stage is you take one of your team’s stab proof vests (when not being worn) and grab a hypodermic needle and give it a go. See if that needle goes through. Many of you will be rather disappointed when witnessing the result. In many instances no force is required whatsoever.
Please watch the following video… there we will also briefly showcase the needle protection our stab proof vests offer. For those of you who are a little inpatient… fast forward to 0:37min :
Please note all of our stab proof vests offer unrivaled and 100% reliable needle protection… we are more than happy to discuss this subject matter with you in greater depth if you wish.
We are also able to visit you (here in the UK) and highlight the performance of our vests via an impressive live demo.
Simply email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call +44 (0) 845 5193 953
If you are in the process of issuing your frontline staff with body armour and the risk of hypodermic needles has been flagged up in your risk assessment, then I really suggest you ask for a physical demonstration before making such an important purchase.
Robert Kaiser, CEO