BAG, BODY, plastic, white, 250-200µm, child, 150x100cm


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BODY BAG for contagious diseases


Bag used for packing and transporting contagious human corpses before burying or other funeral rite.


Quality standards

  • ISO 6383-1, 2015, edition 2, (confirmed 2020) Plastics - Film and sheeting - Determination of tear resistance - Part 1: Trouser tear method
  • EN 863, 1995, (confirmed 2002) Protective clothing - Mechanical properties - Test method: puncture resistance

Technical specifications

  • Linear enforced PE (no PVC!), white and opaque (non biodegradable)
  • Thickness:
    • 250 µm under layer
    • 200 µm upper layer
  • Length:
    • SMSUBAGB5A- (adult size): 250 cm minimum
    • SMSUBAGB5C- (child size): 150 cm minimum
  • Width:
    • SMSUBAGB5A-: ± 120 cm (95 cm effective)
    • SMSUBAGB5C-: ± 100 cm (75 cm effective)
  • Waterproof
  • Tear resistance minimum 35N length and 32N width
  • Puncture resistance: minimum 21N
  • Non splintering handles: 6 for the adult model, 4 for the child model
  • Inner weld separating the handles from the bag (welding at minimum 2 cm from the handles)
  • U-shaped zipper with 25 cm return allowing to open completely the bag, 25 cm distance from external length and 15 cm from external width
    • 2 zipper pulls with plastic string
    • U-shaped nylon links on cloth support
    • double stitching with biodegradable thread
    • stay stitches and welded end pieces at 15 cm from the ends and inner weld
  • No document pouch
  • Non sterile

Instructions for use

  • Intended for epidemics with contagious corpses (e.g. cholera) and for emergencies.
  • In case of highly contagious disease (e.g. Ebola haemorrhagic fever), body bags must be lined by an absorbent pad (see related articles).
  • Information concerning the corpses should be written on the body bags with permanent markers.
  • The head of the deceased should be positioned on the side of the zipper's return in order to show the face without having to open the whole body-bag.
  • Follow appropriate procedures for the corpse's laying out.
  • When a body bag is used, it is unnecessary to cover the corpse with lime.
  • Wherever possible, inform yourself and follow local customs concerning funeral rites.


  • Storage inside carton, keep out of direct sun light
  • Shelf life: 10 years

MSF requirements

Selection of a sufficient quality to allow the bag to be easily carried and to prevent any external contamination for at least one month.

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