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Physiological Models and Countermeasures FY12

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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


  • Q3 Submit manuscript (“Physiological evaluation of five cooling strategies”) to OD
  • Q4 Submit “Physiological evaluation of five cooling strategies” manuscript to Ergonomics journal
  • Project is ending Q4 FY12


  • Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (2 published, 1 in preparation)
  • Presentations at conferences
  • Proceeding papers (1)
  • Standards committee meetings & public meetings (2)


  • 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
  • Outputs are cited by other researchers working on heat stress countermeasures (1 to date)
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory