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  • Establish an understanding of the physiological "burden" imposed by personal protective ensembles
  • Perform research on countermeasures to this "burden"
Cooling undergarments photos

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23.6

Key Partners

  • IPP, Inc.
  • Morning Pride


  • Firefighters/emergency responders
  • Standards organizations (NFPA, ASTM)
  • Manufacturers of materials and ensembles

Project Scope

  • Conduct PPE ensemble physiologic testing in the NPPTL research physiology laboratory
  • Physiologic test of conductive & convective cooling countermeasures
  • Develop & test model of regional vs. global cooling countermeasures
  • Incorporate data from current project and Project HEROES in the development of physiologic models and countermeasures


  • Q1-Q3 Continue subject recruiting and data collection
  • Q4 Complete data collection, data analysis, and begin manuscript preparation


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals
  • Presentations to stakeholders or conferences (approx. 5)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx.3)


  • Regional cooling study could have impact on ASTM F23.6 physiological test methods.
  • Physiologically relevant performance criteria incorporated into NFPA and ISO standards.
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)