Monitoring the Physiological Status of Subjects wearing Logging PPE:
Laboratory-based Study - FY12
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Heat stress is a significant health risk to more that 43,000 workers in the logging profession. The number of studies on heat stress in loggers are limited.
We hypothesize that: 1) Physiological data from the “Smart Shirt” technology used will correlate with physiological data from the standard laboratory equipment, and 2) Logging PPE will cause an increase in heat stress and other physiological responses (e.g., heart rate, skin temperature, core body temperature) compared to bush clothing (control)
Monitor the physiological responses of the human test subject to an environmental heat stress (a combination of heat and humidity) comparable to that experienced on the logging site and to workloads typical of that experienced by loggers using both wearable physiological sensing technology (“smart shirts”) and standard laboratory physiological monitoring systems
Determine the contribution of logging PPE to the overall heat stress
Q2 Collect data for 6 additional subjects to validate Zephyr physiological sensor system
Q3 Present two posters at ACMS
Q4 Submit 3 manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals
Publication of results in peer-reviewed journal (3 mss in preparation)
Two abstracts to be presented at 2012 ASCM Conference
Logging community uses project outputs to develop recommendations regarding protection from heat stress
Other researchers cite project outputs in their manuscripts