SlashPRO – High Performance Slash Resistant Clothing
Written by: Robert Kaiser
Today is a good day, knowing that SlashPRO™ Slash Resistant Clothing made out of 100% Cut-Tex PRO is now available to effectively help protect homeland security professionals, law enforcement, prison, border control, immigration and customs officers, as well as private security professionals via our brand new online shop.
From the point of the employer, slash and cut injuries can often lead to legal and financial repercussion. From the point of the injured professional, and depending on the severity of such injury, it can often lead to long lasting emotional scars, ongoing distress, physical pain, and in the very worst case scenario death.
Common PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) or cut resistant clothing used by the above sectors is either not wearable/user-friendly or do not offer sufficient cut protection, and that is a fact.
Many frontline professionals I have either worked or developed a close relationship with over the past many year have long asked for better slash protection, and our SlashPRO™ garments are offering precisely that!
As you may well know, in order to create our slash resistant clothing range we have developed our very own high performance cut resistant fabric Cut-Tex® PRO a few years back now, and everyone will agree when I say it is offering truly exceptional levels of protection. In number terms and put into ‘standards’ this means ISO 13997:1999 Blade Cut Resistance Level 5 (the highest possible), EN 388:2003 Blade Cut Resistance Level 5 (the highest possible) and ASTM F-1790-05 Cut Resistance Level 4.
Cut-Tex® PRO does exactly what was needed in order to design, develop and manufacture SlashPRO™ Slash Resistant Clothing. This truly superb fabric is responsible for the garments ability to help to protect those who serve, and reduce the risk of workplace violence related cut injuries, rapid blood loss and potential subsequent death. SlashPRO™ Slash Resistant Clothing is extremely user friendly, comfortable, machine washable, Latex™ free and 100% concealable (subject to garment design). We can even design/produce bespoke slash resistant clothing, subject to any unit’s specific operational risks, threats and duties.
Attacks on frontline professionals are occurring rather frequently. One horrendous unprovoked attack at Frankland High Security Prison in the UK back in 2010 left prison officer Craig Wylde severely injured after his auxiliary artery was slashed during the incident. He luckily survived.
Other similar attacks have made the headline news and deserve our full attention. One news headline reads as follows: “An off-duty police officer received injuries to his neck, face and hand after being slashed with a knife as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter at a HMV store in Leeds town centre this morning”.
However many many more incidents of this nature have been reported in countries around the world in 2016 alone:
I could of course continue…
There are many more reports of domestic frontline professionals being slashed or suffering from major cuts raising the question why slash resistant clothing hasn’t been issued more widely. Recent well documented reports of this type of assault on police and military personnel in Israel are readily available on the internet or security and law enforcement related publications.
The following images offer a dreadful view on what type of injuries some of our colleagues have suffered whilst protecting our countries and citizens:
These images are most certainly not on display here in order to shock, scare monger or to be ‘utilised to create sales’, but rather to emphasise the severity of some cut and slash wounds, and the urgency to make a difference to the safety of homeland security professionals moving forward.
Unless having undergone extensive edged weapon training, many or most frontline professionals will, by instinct, lift their arms and hands during a potential hostile situation, in order to protect the face and head. This is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact it is absolutely normal, and only highly trained operators would respond differently and more effectively.
However, we must acknowledge that this ‘normal’ and ‘natural’ action would expose an extremely vulnerable area under your arms. A cut, injuring the auxiliary artery under your arms, can lead to rapid blood loss and even death.
Prison, police and security officers not wearing slash resistant clothing often receive cut wounds along the forearm or open hand. These wounds are the most common injuries and classed as ‘defensive wounds’, often seen as evidence in the court of law that the wearer was protecting him or herself, rather attacking a subject.
‘Forced Entry Teams’ are part of all major special police units. Part of their operational responsibilities will be to enter properties through doors and windows, meaning forcing their way in through broken and smashed windows and glass. There are numerous of reports of serious cut related injuries as many of these professionals have not been issued with appropriate cut resistant gloves, sleeves or coveralls.
CERT or Tactical Response Groups within prison services are equally at risks when dealing with major disturbances and require equal levels of protection.
I strongly believe that slash resistant clothing can effectively help reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries, in the context of this article ‘cut related injuries’ or ‘lacerations’.
SlashPRO™ highest rated product, the Slash Resistant UBAC Combat Shirt for example makes a lot of sense. The area, which is covered by most body armour is made out of a breathable fabric to make the wearing of body armour even more comfortable and bearable in hot and humid conditions. However, the exposed area, such as under the arm, the arms and the side of the upper body can be covered, made out of Cut-Tex® PRO cut resistant material, offering the wearer exceptional cut protection during hand-to-hand combat situation.
I believe our Slash Resistant UBAC Combat Shirt should become standard issue for certain Special Ops Units!
Specific areas of our body are at notable risk:
The following graphic clearly illustrates the ‘location’ of these arteries:
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.
Please visit our new online shop: www.slash-pro.com
If you wish to speak with us, please dial +44 (0) 845 5193 953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Kaiser, CEO