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Physiological Models and Countermeasures FY10

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Current Information can be found at: Physiological Models and Countermeasures - FY11

Objective

  • 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

Stakeholders

  • 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

Milestones

  • Q1 Submit two abstracts on preliminary results from cooling to ACSM annual meeting (Baltimore, 2010)
  • Q2 Submit the first manuscript on data collected from cooling garment study to OD
  • Q3 Submit first manuscript to journal and draft second manuscript. Present posters at ACSM
  • Q4 Submit the second manuscript to OD and to the journal

Outputs

  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (0 to date)
  • Presentations at conferences (3) (ICEE 2009, TSWG-PPE 2009, ACSM 2010)
  • Proceeding papers (1) :
      Coca, A., Roberge, R., Powell, J., Palmiero, A., Williams, W.J. (2009). Evaluation of five cooling conditions wearing a prototype firefighter ensemble. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics. August 2-7, Boston, MA.
  • Standards committee meetings and public meetings (1)

Outcomes

  • 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 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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