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Physiological Models and Countermeasures FY09

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Current Information can be found at: Physiological Models and Countermeasures FY10


  • 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 Draft abstract on preliminary results from cooling study for submission to professional conference (ICEE, Boston 2009)
  • Q2 Complete data analysis of cooling garment study and Draft first manuscript on data collected from cooling garment study
  • Q3 Submit first manuscript to coauthors for comments and approval, submit for internal and external peer review
  • Q4 ICEE presentation in Boston, MA


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (0 to date)
  • Presentations at conferences (0 to date)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (1 to date)


  • Regional cooling data used to support and develop improved ASTM F23.6 physiological test methods.
  • Physiologically relevant performance criteria incorporated into NFPA and ISO standards.
Page last updated: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory