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Safe Decompression Schedules for Caisson Workers.


PB85103612

Publication Date 1983
Personal Author Kindwall, E. P.; Edel, P. O.; Melton, H. E.
Page Count 128
Abstract A 3 year program designed to evaluate new decompression tables for compressed air workers is described. Development of tables from commercial diving data is reviewed, along with the general considerations and procedures used to compare these and OSHA tables using human subjects. Specific methods are described for whole body nitrogen washout studies and ultrasonic bubble detection experiments. The authors conclude that little difference exists between the decompression schedules given by these decompression tables and OSHA tables; however, the decompression tables are significantly better than the OSHA tables since they combine the use of oxygen and stage decompression which have synergistic effects in increasing nitrogen elimination during decompression. The schedules may be difficult to implement because of added equipment costs and the need to retain caisson crews.
Keywords
  • Stress(Physiology)
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Divers
  • Hyperbaric medicine
  • Tables(Data)
  • Occupational safety and health
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57W - Stress Physiology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors Saint Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI. Dept. of Hyperbaric Medicine.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.; Sea-Space Research Co., Inc., Marrero, LA.; Diasonics, Inc., Milpitas, CA.
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with Sea-Space Research Co., Inc. Marrero, LA. and Diasonics, Inc., Milpitas, CA. Portions of this document are not fully legible.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198501
Safe Decompression Schedules for Caisson Workers.
Safe Decompression Schedules for Caisson Workers.
PB85103612

  • Stress(Physiology)
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Divers
  • Hyperbaric medicine
  • Tables(Data)
  • Occupational safety and health
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57W - Stress Physiology
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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