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Assessment of respirators among agricultural workers.

Authors
Merchant-JA; Popendorf-WJ; Burmeister-LF; Leonard-S; Ueda-A
Source
Institute of Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 1989 Sep; :1-73
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00197341
Abstract
The quantitative performance of half mask respirators used in agricultural settings by workers with mixed experience in wearing respirators was comparable to that found in other field studies. The overall acceptability of the three classes of respirators varied considerably among the settings tested with grain handlers preferring the half mask, poultry operators preferring the powered helmet, and swine producers preferring the disposable. Among all groups of workers, powered helmets were rated best for breathing ease, communication ease, skin comfort, and in mask temperature and humidity while disposables were rated best for weight and convenience. The use of preshift and post shift lung function as a quantitative physiological measurement of respiratory protection proved to be satisfactory in that it provided statistically significant differences over brief exposures and with modest changes in lung function.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Agricultural-workers; Pulmonary-function-tests
Contact
Prev Med & Environmental Hlth University of Iowa College of Medicine Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Publication Date
19890929
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
254103.00
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-173815
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-01650
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Respirator Research; Respirators; Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches
Source Name
Institute of Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
State
IA; GA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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