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Empirical Prediction of Physiological Response to Prolonged Work in Encapsulating Protective Clothing.


PB97105175

Publication Date 1995
Personal Author Bishop, P.; Reneau, P.; Ray, P.; Wang, M. Q.; Smith, J.
Page Count 87
Abstract An attempt was made to develop a technique which could be used to predict physical work capacity of workers performing short term duties while wearing encapsulating protective clothing in a mild ambient environment. A total of 55 volunteers participated in bench step exercises in two different temperature environments and at two different work rates. Even though it was possible to develop useful equations to account for 13% and 24% of the variance in work performance, the precision of the equations was much lower than that which had been observed earlier in the pilot tests. The authors suggest that simple screening measures may be used to identify particularly tolerant and intolerant workers, but that management of workers in protective clothing will have to rely on individual personal monitoring of some combination of field tests plus other measures. The authors suggest that their findings may be immediately useful in efforts to maximize worker productivity while minimizing safety risks.
Keywords
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Protective equipment
  • Work capability
  • Heat exposure
  • Heat stress
  • Physical exercise
  • Control technology
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
Corporate Authors Alabama Univ., Tuscaloosa.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 199701
Empirical Prediction of Physiological Response to Prolonged Work in Encapsulating Protective Clothing.
Empirical Prediction of Physiological Response to Prolonged Work in Encapsulating Protective Clothing.
PB97105175

  • Industrial hygiene
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Protective equipment
  • Work capability
  • Heat exposure
  • Heat stress
  • Physical exercise
  • Control technology
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
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