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-->''"I kind of like it in here, it's private."''
--->--'''[[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie Hyneman]]''', on the unexpected perks of safety equipment

-->'''Jazz''': ''"I'm just a normal teenage girl."''
-->'''Jack''': ''"A normal teenage girl in a hazmat suit."''
--->--''[[DannyPhantom Maternal Instincts]]''

If you want a good idea if something dangerous is up, probably involving AppliedPhlebotinum, look for workers wearing Hazmat Suits.

For dramatic reasons, this may correspond with MalevolentMaskedMen or FacelessGoons in visual media. On the other hand, with sympathetic characters, it often turns out that [[InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace In hazardous environments, everyone can see your face.]]

If the suits suffer ClothingDamage during dangerous conditions, you can be certain bad things will happen afterwards. ArmorIsUseless can apply sometimes, making it all the worse.

In RealLife, not really so sexy as it seems. A Level A Hazmat suit is heavy, clumsy, hot, and uncomfortable. The same properties that see to it that nothing outside can get in also see to it that nothing inside can get out, which includes the wearer's sweat and body odor. You're just out of luck if you are in one when you suffer a PottyEmergency (yes, the CDC do ask if you can hold your pee when you apply to work in a Biosafety Level 4 lab). Plus there's the fact that you're wearing it because something nearby is likely to kill you.

Then there's the thing to the right, which is a heat resistant suit worn when working around things that are excessively hot, such as oil rig fires, iron smelters, active volcanoes, [[AndZoidberg and]] [[Series/MythBusters replicas of]] [[AncientGreece invading]] [[AncientRome tri]][[RomanEmpire remes]]. You're wearing it because otherwise you'd be turned into a crispy critter in minutes. Even with it, though, you feel like you're in a sauna while wrapped in an unusually stiff duvet, oven mitts, and a hockey helmet.[[note]]Except when it is equipped with a cooling system, in which case you fell like you're wrapped in a ''cold'' stiff duvet, oven mitts and a hockey helmet. And have to lug a thick hose/cable or a heavy backpack around.[[/note]]

Hazmat or NBC protection is often included in PoweredArmor. See also PhlebotinumHandlingEquipment and GasMaskMooks. For an old, usually medical themed version see PlagueDoctor.
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Intel's disco-dancing guys from the late 90s/early 2000s seem to be wearing these, but they're actually "clean suits" used when making microchips. Cleansuits aren't to protect you from your surroundings, they're to protect your surroundings from ''you'' (or rather from your moisture/dust). Still, the overall effect's the same.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Misato wears an anti-radiation suit when she tries to stop Jet Alone's nuclear reactor manually.
** In the first ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, NERV staff are shown in full hazmat gear when cleaning up the aftermath of Unit 01's battle with Sachiel. Why is unclear.
* Used as part of TheReveal in the manga, ''Manga/CageOfEden'', where the heroes find a long abandoned research facility complete with broken PeopleJars, the DNA samples collected from every animal in the world in cultivation centers, models of the former extinct animals they had to fight the first time they crash landed on the mysterious island, and the aforementioned hazmat suits hanging around, which clues them that the everything on the island was the result of a secret experiment gone wrong.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', where a bunch of workers do not wear these because they are full-body cyborgs and do not need them. [[spoiler:As it turns out, one man who is not suffers radiation poisoning and the whole thing comes to public attention because the Government tried to hide a nuclear powerplant leak.]]
* Aside from the titular characters, who are immune to radiation, everyone in ''{{Manga/Coppelion}}'' wears these inside the ruins of Tokyo.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* MarvelComics's A.I.M. uniforms are basically Hazmat suits.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' album ''[[Recap/TintinDestinationMoon Destination Moon]]'', Captain Haddock and Wolff put on protective suits so they can view the atomic pile. Professor Calculus also ordered a dog-sized suit made for Snowy to wear so he can go with them, but Snowy keeps tripping on the sleeves because the suit is too big for him. They also forget to take the suit off Snowy afterwards.
* The ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'' student appropriately named 'Hazmat' wears one, though in her case, it's to protect everyone else from her own toxicity.
** Before Hazmat, the similarly powered Radioactive Man also wore one briefly, though in his case it was purely cosmetic, he could control his own radiation just fine.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' they are usually seen at the aftermath of the Harbinger battles.
* All human forces in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauColdWar'' wear NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) gear to protect them from the potion.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The end of the first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film features them.
* The CDA in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' wears hazmat suits.
* ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'' (1971): when Dr. Stone and Dr Hall investigate the town of Piedmont, they wear sealed suits to protect them against the disease.
* In ''Film/DrNo'', the title character and his henchmen wear radiation suits while operating the nuclear reactor. Film/JamesBond wears one too while DressingAsTheEnemy.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'': in a ShoutOut to ''Film/DrNo'', Dr. Evil wears a radiation suit while loading the nuclear bomb into the subterranean drill.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Marty dons a radiation suit to handle the plutonium fuel for the [=DeLorean=], and wears it during his trip into the past.
* All the scientists in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' wear these to study E.T.
* Worn in ''Outbreak''.
* Both scientists and soldiers wear these in the 1973 version of ''Film/TheCrazies.''
* Government epidemiologists wear these in ''REC'' and its American remake, ''Quarantine.''
* The "Alien Autopsy" film depicts men in hazmat suits [[AlienAutopsy dissecting an alien cadaver]]. The suits have no air filters or air supply.
* Part of the problem the crew of ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'' had was that they had been issued suits rated for chemical hazards, not radioactive ones.
** Which are, ironically, basically ''the same thing'' even now (at most the antirad suits will have a polythene liner protecting from neutrons), and certainly were exactly same in TheSixties. That's because nothing short of a solid lead wall could protect a human from the radiation of the live nuclear reactor, wearing which on oneself would've been just a little bit ''impractical''. Thus antirad suits mainly concentrate on preventing the contact with the loose radioactive material.
* ''Film/CatwomenOfTheMoon'': the hero dons a suit to combat a coolant leak, after the obligatory meteor shower damages their nuclear-powered RetroRocket.
* ''Film/{{Contagion}}'', [[JustifiedTrope naturally]]. The plot involves a [[TheVirus terribly contagious virus]] causing mass death and pandemonium. Also an unique example of a layperson owning a hazmat suit.
* Hazmats are especially popular in movies where scientists are handling deadly chemicals that are inevitably released outside containment and cause the ZombieApocalypse. Case in point is ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDeadIII'', where hazmat suits prove to be useless to aggressive zombie attack.
* Hazmat suits are worn by Royalton's workers when they install a [[TechnoBabble inner-positive transponder]] in ''Film/SpeedRacer'', and, for some reason, their little dog too.
* The obscure cult film ''Film/{{Static}}'' has a scene where the main character visits his CrazySurvivalist uncle's house on Christmas, only to find the entire family wearing hazmat suits.
-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "So, is this just a test, or do I have only seconds to live?"]]
* Nicolas Cage has problems with his suit's clumsy gloves in ''Film/TheRock''.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' shows Dr. Serizawa, Dr. Wates and the other M.U.T.O. researchers wearing these while investigating subterranean areas that have been frequented by radioactive {{Kaiju}}. Their suits have been somewhat modified with transparent face-plates and lights pointed at their faces so that the audience can more easily tell who's who.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Literature/{{Phantoms}}'': when the military shows up to find out what happened to the town of Snowfield, they wear pressurized suits because they think the problem may be caused by chemical/biological warfare. The suits don't help them a bit against the EldritchAbomination that's the real cause.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* There's a joke about this in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', when they're on the set of ''Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan''. A bunch of actors are standing around in hazmat suits, and Chandler asks, "Are you guys in the movie, or are you just really paranoid?"
* Various characters wear them in ''Series/ThePretender'' episodes "A Virus Among Us" and "Hazards".
* The CDC wear some in an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' when they think a patient has smallpox.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has the crew having access to these suits. This particularly applies when a dangerous infection breaks out and the city's operating system begins to lockdown the city on its own. However, two of the characters put on hazmat suits and the city somehow detects this and opens up doors for them as useful personnel who are properly equipped for the crisis.
** There's also an episode where Rodney insists on wearing a full suit on a planet with slightly higher UV radiation levels than normal, when everyone else just has sunscreen.
* During one sketch in ''Series/{{Jackass}}'', which involves [[{{Squick}} eating the ingredients for an omelette, vomiting them into a pan, and then cooking it]], Johnny Knoxville wears a hazmat suit.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' used them in the episode "Crow's Feet", and at least one other time.
** ''[[Series/{{CSI NY}} CSI: NY]]'' used them in an episode involving a man who killed his wife and contaminated other people with a radioactive book.
* All the incarnations of ''Literature/TheStand'' have them, but aside from the comics, they're most prominent in the TV film.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', we see these in use in "Utopia", where the rising Stet Radiation present under the rocket ends up liquefying the poor sod wearing one. This prevents the rocket lifting off and sending someone else in there would be a death sentence. Luckily, the Doctor has ''[[ResurrectiveImmortality Jack]]'' at hand, who doesn't even ''need'' a suit.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' parodies this when a team wear hazmat suits to examine "The Beast of Royston Vasey". First Mr Chinnery throws up in his suit and then, after an X Files style autopsy, the Beast is revealed to be several missing zoo animals, stitched together.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Walter and Jesse start wearing hazmat suits when they get a fully equipped meth lab from Gus.
* The ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' have used fire suits (on the line of the page picture), hazmat suits, and bomb suits at different times.
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', which depicts an outbreak of TheVirus in an arctic research lab, these are part and parcel of interacting with the infected. Both CDC members and Arctic Biosystems staff use them. They're referred to as Racal Suits, a kind of containment suit specifically designed for work with pathogens.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' 2nd Edition had both chemsuits (regular sealed suits) and military X-E suits which were needed to protect against Seven-7 nerve gas.
** In the adventure ''Silver Angel'' the {{Player Character}}s could sneak into a facility by dressing themselves in "hazard suits" and pretending to be hazardous materials transporters.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''
** In the adventure "What Rough Beast", the characters can find and use radiation suits against the deadly radiation field given off by the monster.
** Supplement ''PRIMUS and DEMON''. PRIMUS agents have radiation suits available.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) suits.
* Terminator Armors from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the most powerful and durable suit of [[PoweredArmor Power Armor]] ever developed by the Imperium of Man, was originally a hazmat suit. For maintenance work inside plasma reactors, while the reactor's running at full capacity.
* The Vile Savants from ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' are daemonic entities that take the form of a hazmat suit filled to the brim with pestilent filth and [[TheWormThatWalks evil, diseased maggots]]. [[MedicalHorror They fight with rusty, contaminated surgical equipment, and their speech sounds like distorted medical chatter punctuated by screams and moans of pain and horror.]]
* [[RagnarokProofing Turn up sometimes]] in the post-apocalyptic RPG ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' has Hostile Environment Vacc Suits, which are suitable for any environment from the vacuum of space to the crushing depths of the ocean floor. And [[PoweredArmor Battle Dress]] has the same protections.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Playmobil, creators of small figures in roles varying from SWAT cop to a fairy and unicorn, once released a [[http://www.collectobil.com/catalogue/items/3180.htm HAZMAT Crew playset]]. You don't get this kind of grim realism from {{Lego}}.
** Actually, [[LEGOMinifigures you do]], just cuter and without the toxic waste.
* Franchise/GIJoe released a line of "Eco-Warriors" in the 80's, back when environmentalism was cool. The villains, known as "Toxo-Vipers", fought inside bulky, leaky, cut-rate hazmat gear to protect themselves from their hazardous waste-based weaponry.
** And when the leaky suits got to be too much, the Toxo-Vipers would turn into Toxo-Zombies, who were wearing the suits less for protection and more to hold their bodies together.
** The idea continued in Generation 3 with the orange-suited Hazard-Vipers.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'': one type of Uncommon Infected wears Hazmat Suit, which protects the Infected from [[KillItWithFire fire]].
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Nick]]''': Guess those suits don't stop bites.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': the Pyro's [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/HazMat_Headcase HazMat Headcase]] and the Medic's [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Das_Hazmattenhatten Das Hazmattenhatten]].
* Subverted with ''Videogame/{{Half-Life}}'s'' iconic H.E.V. suit; initially presented as a hazmat suit, it's actually more of a PoweredArmor. Cue {{WMG}} over whether it's simply overengineered for its intended purpose or Black Mesa deliberately designed it for the military.
** It's even referenced by the G-man before his hibernation.
-->''G-man: Gordan Freeman, in the flesh - or rather in the hazard suit I took the liberty of relieving you of your weapons. Most of them were government property. As for the suit I think you earned it.''
** For the military (the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit, at least) they made a compatible variant with slightly different functionality -- [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Powered_Combat_Vest the PCV]].
* You can find and buy a few hazmat suits in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, as well as finding them on dead researchers. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Radiation_Suit radiation suit]] unfortunately offers only 30% - 40% radiation resistance... and thanks to [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics the way the game handles radiation]] you can still die from standing in a radioactive puddle.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' adds the [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Hazmat_suit Hazmat suit]], unfortunately the suit combined with a certain [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/The_Cloud chemical cloud]] lead to some [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Ghost_people rather unfortunate results]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' had a scene where a guy was denying a leak in the nuclear power plant, while wearing a suit.
* You can find them in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and its sequels. They allow you to walk through toxic waste without any harm for a limited time.
* The concept exists in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games, but it's never used much.
** A [[ApocalypticLog note]] in the first game indicates that such suits were worn briefly after the start of the outbreak.
** Suits can be seen hanging up in laboratories in the ''Outbreak'' and ''Dead Aim'' spin-offs and in ''Code: Veronica.''
** A researcher in a hazmat suit is brutally smashed against unbreakable glass in ''Code: Veronica.''
** One hazmat zombie appears in ''Dead Aim.''
* The S.I.N. scientists in the background of the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' Secret Laboratory and Crumbling Laboratory levels wear hazmat suits. They seem more focused at cheering on the fighters than they are at actually keeping the laboratory working.
* ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Shadow of Chernobyl'' has a few of these, worn by scientists and player characters who expect to go into high-radiation areas. Even most regular kinds of armor has some characteristics of this, and given the environmental hazards of The Zone, it is a significant factor in choosing what kind of protection to wear.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' has the 'RIG', a PoweredArmor suit that protects against hazardous gases, vacuum and undead co-workers. It also features build in gravity boots and a holographic projector.
** Unfortunately the sequels suits have an embarrassing weakness ... [[spoiler: they can be breached by a crazy person holding a screwdriver]].
* One level in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' consists of a shootout in a town covered in clouds of a chemical agent, so everyone's wearing one of these even while trying to kill each other. Visibility is next to nil, your vision is warped by your suit's faceplate, and while the rest of the game uses RegeneratingHealth, your suit can only take a finite amount of damage before failing.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' offers them. [[GameBreakingBug Alas, the one in the tutorial doesn't work without a patch.]]
* These show up in the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Infinity'' scenario ''Rubicon''. [[spoiler:Their appearance is one of the first clues we get that the work the Dangi Corp. is involved in might not be all beneficial to mankind.]]
* ''James Bond VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'' has this as a "bad guy" fashion, most prominently in "The Machinery of Evil." In a bit of character-recycling, you'll sometimes see them in [[FunnyBackgroundEvent funny background events]] at Q's lab.
* The Glue Gunner monkey in ''VideoGame/BloonsTowerDefense'' starts wearing one once you upgrade his glue to ''[[HollywoodAcid corrosive]]'' glue.
* Some mooks in the first ''SoldierOfFortune'' wear these, with [[ExplodingBarrels backpack tanks that explode when shot]].
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'''s [[FireBreathingWeapon Flamethrowers]] and [[DeadlyGas Chemical Warriors]] wear suits which are highly resistant against the very weapons they wield against their opponents. Chemical Warriors get bonus points because those suits were originally meant to keep them safe while they work in lovely fields of [[ToxicPhlebotinum Toxic]] GreenRocks that the story calls "Tiberium".
* One of your science [[EvilMinions minions]], the biochemist, in ''Videogame/EvilGenius'' wears on of these constantly as his character design; given that one of the research tools consists of various tanks of dangerous chemicals and biochemist minions are the best at operating them, is a JustifiedTrope.
** Amusingly enough they still take off the helmet when manning the kitchen, resulting in a very small head sticking out of a very bulky suit.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': in the Espionage theme's retelling of ''Film/DrNo'', No and Bond both wear LEGO radiation suits, which made the strips tricky to shoot because David Morgan-Mar [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1575.html only had one radiation suit]], [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1612.html or so he thought]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': We [[TakeOurWordForIt never find out what exactly Zimmy's science fair entry is]], but men in hazmat suits are called in to dispose of it, in spite of Zimmy's protests that it's not dangerous.
* In ''KevinAndKell'', [[ButtMonkey Ralph]] wears one when talking to fire ants. One of the few times that a non-human in K&K has covered feet.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* One ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon has the Poopsmith wearing a hazmat suit with the words "Has Matt?" on it.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Cutie Pox", upon learning of a case of Cutie Pox, some citizens of Ponyville are quick to clad themselves in these (complete with a radiation warning symbol over the wearer's cutie mark).
** Rarity dons one while attempting to capture vampire fruit bats in "BATS!". Good thing, too, as the helmet successfully protects her from the splatter of being struck by an overripe apple [[spoiler: and the vampire fruit bat that tries to lick it off, in a scene that may [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131230161743/mlp/images/4/4b/Bat_licking_off_the_destroyed_apple_S4E07.png leave older viewers with flashbacks]] to FaceFullOfAlienWingWong.]]. (wearing one while clearing a real-life bat infestation is highly recommended, if only because [[http://www.cdc.gov/features/bats/ bat guano is extremely nasty.]])
* Done in ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' creator John R. Dilworth's early cartoon, "Dirty Birdy", where one of the AmusingInjuries done on the mooning cross-eyed bird by the impatient blue cat is put on a hazmat suit and dunk him in a vat of radioactive green waste which causes him to disappear. He got better of course.
** Speaking of Courage, Eustace wore one in "The Demon in the Mattress".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had a group of villagers besieged by Wile E. Coyote {{Expy}} bandits, before the timely arrival of Buster and his friends. One of the punishments dished out on the dastardly bunch is giving them a FireBreathingDiner of chili so spicy that one of the villagers serving it wears a hazmat suit to exaggerate the effect.
* Worn by Sid in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when he develops an excessive fear of germs after watching a hygiene film.
* Worn by Homer Simpson in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' from time to time as part of his job as a safety inspector in Mr. Burn's nuclear power plant. This is seen in the old and new [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1iplQQJTo intro theme]].
** Or in one episode, as a [[MundaneUtility convinient place]] so that Lisa can't hear him swear himself into the next century after learning Bart is driving a car.
* Worn by Kane's men and Mike in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' during the ZombieApocalypse in "Going Dutch." Also the Safe-T Suit in "Off the Rack."
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': the title character (in ghost form and a few seconds before the accident), Maddie, and Jack'' are seen wearing them. Well Jack and Maddie for the whole series actually!
* When testing the "n-ray" in ''{{Futurama}}'' Professor Farnsworth dons a hazmat suit, after assuring the rest of the crew that they'd only need safety goggles.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Probably the earliest example of a HazmatSuit was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor Plague Doctor]] outfit worn in Medieval Europe during Black Death epidemics. It consisted of thick leather gloves and boots, heavy oilcloth cloak and pants covering the whole body, and the iconic "bird-man" mask which gave rise to one of the most popular Venetian masks around, the eponymous ''[[GratuitousItalian medico della peste]]''. The mask included the goggles covering the eyes and aromatic herbs in the beak, that supposedly ward off the plague "miasma" and certainly masked the stench of decaying bodies and leaking buboes of the patients. Apparently, these worked quite well.
** Virtually none of the user's skin was exposed while wearing it, so the risk of being bitten by plague-carrying fleas was much lower, and the waxed material meant the fleas couldn't even grip onto the doctor inside.
* Ironically, asbestos firesuits turned out to be hazardous in themselves as the very material protecting firefighters threatened to kill them in the longer term with incurable and deadly asbesteosis and mesothelioma.
** Hence why nomex and kevlar are favoured today, though in some fields, such as volcanology, the above-pictured silver-coloured (actually made of aluminium) suit. [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman likes it in there, it's private.]]
* Inverted with the cleanroom suit (often known in computer-chip factories as a 'bunny-suit') whose purpose is to keep dust and such on the wearer from contaminating what they're handling.
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