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Human factors related to the testing of self-contained breathing apparatus: a review.

Authors
Rosenberg-BS; White-MK; Knowles-DF Jr.
Source
J Int Soc Respir Prot 1991 Jan; 9(2):6-25
NIOSHTIC No.
00201030
Abstract
A review was made of literature dealing directly with human subject testing of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The review discussed the history and background of human use testing of SCBA; the metabolic rates and working environments of the SCBA user such as miners and firefighters; major changes in the man test procedure; a summary of energy expenditures for SCBA user related occupational tasks; factors influencing metabolic requirements while wearing SCBA including weight of the equipment, SCBA type, heat stress, oxygen and carbon-dioxide concentrations; continuous monitoring situations; related performance criteria including breathing resistance, breathing gas temperature, carbon-dioxide concentrations, and oxygen concentration; wearer comfort and psychological factors. The authors conclude that the present methods used to test SCBA are outdated and need revision. They urge that many of the above factors be considering in developing or proposing any SCBA certification or performance requirements.
Keywords
Testing-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Metabolic-rate; Mine-workers; Firemen; Equipment-design; Breathing-atmospheres
Publication Date
19910101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0892-6298
Source Name
Journal of the International Society for Respiratory Protection
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