Does rubbing an item of PPE on the jacket underneath create enough static to form a viable ignition source?
We needed an electroscope, but we didn't have one.
Enter 'The Mark I' - The Hair-Brained Electroscope
The Mark 1 Electroscope was created using rubber gloves, a large plastic paper clip and some human hair. I literally put myself into this prototype. We rubbed a well known static creating device (a rubber balloon) on the jacket in question.
Mark II - 'The solder coil and foil technique'
The Mark two prototype was created (to be marginally more professional!) using a blank CD cartridge base, a length of solder, some electrical tape and a slice of expensive hi-tech aluminium foil. Same hi-tech static creating device and process.
It also worked.
(and looked better)
The final test was to ascertain whether an outer garment of PPE would generate enough static through rubbing on the underlying jacket to cause ignition through static discharge.
It couldn't even raise a smile!