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Thermal Protection Equipment & Exposure Suits

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APPROVAL GUIDANCE

APPROVAL
CATEGORY
EQUIPMENT MRA
APPROVAL
160.171 EXPOSURE SUITS (IMMERSION SUITS) NO
160.174 THERMAL PROTECTION AIDS NO


EXPOSURE SUITS (IMMERSION SUITS)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.171

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Follow the requirements of 46 CFR 160.171.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the following information in the Submittal Package:

Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to the following address:

Commandant (CG-ENG-4)
U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Ave Jr SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509

Once the equipment has been approved by this office, it will receive Coast Guard Type Approval and a Certificate of Approval (COA).  The COA will be issued for 5 years and will remain valid during that time period if the product meets the testing of the Quality Control Program.

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THERMAL PROTECTION AIDS


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.174

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Follow the requirements of 46 CFR 160.174.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the follow information in the Submittal Package:

Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to the following address:

Commandant (CG-ENG-4)
U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Ave Jr SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509

Once the equipment has been approved by this office, it will receive Coast Guard Type Approval and a Certificate of Approval (COA).  The COA will be issued for 5 years and will remain valid during that time period if the product meets the testing of the Quality Control Program.

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RETROREFLECTIVE MATERIAL ARRANGEMENTS


Immersion suits should be fitted with patches of retro-reflective material with a total area of at least 400 cm2 distributed so as to be useful for search from air and surface craft from all directions.
For an immersion suit that does not automatically turn the wearer face up, the back of the suit should be fitted with retro-reflective material with a total area of at least 100 cm2.

Retroreflective material arrangements applied by the manufacturer on approved immersion suits have been reviewed and approved and should not be changed even if the arrangement does not appear to be exactly the same as this illustration.

retroreflective tape on immersion suits

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