@article{Mallam_Small_MacKinnon_2014, author = {Mallam, Steven and Small, Graham R. and MacKinnon, Scott}, title = {Immersion Suit Donning in Dynamic Environments: Implications for Design, Construction & Use}, journal = {TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation}, volume = {8}, number = {3}, pages = {429-437}, year = {2014}, url = {./Article_Immersion_Suit_Donning_in_Dynamic_Mallam,31,527.html}, abstract = {Marine abandonment immersion suits are a vital piece of safety equipment intended to protect individuals from exposure to harsh environmental elements. The operational effectiveness of a well maintained and fitted suit depends on the ability of a user to correctly don a suit system. Thirty-two participants performed immersion suit donning trials in six experimental conditions. Dynamic, pre-abandonment marine emergency scenarios were simulated using a six degrees of freedom motion platform and varying environmental lighting levels. This article details user-suit interaction challenges encountered throughout immersion suit donning tasks and examines their connection to safety and survival in marine emergencies. Analysis of user-suit functionality during the donning process is critical for identifying current deficiencies in order to develop future design solutions, training methodologies and ultimately improve users? practical competencies.}, doi = {10.12716/1001.08.03.15}, issn = {2083-6473}, publisher = {Gdynia Maritime University, Faculty of Navigation}, keywords = {Safety at Sea, Immersion Suit, Dynamic Environment, Marine Abandonment Immersion Suit, Safety Equipment, Marine Emergency, Emergency Scenario, Survival Requirements} }