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Empirical prediction of physiological response to prolonged work in encapsulating protective clothing.

Authors
Bishop-P; Reneau-P; Ray-P; Wang-MQ; Smith-J
Source
Human Performance Laboratory and Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1995 Dec; :1-85
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00231892
Abstract
An attempt was made to develop a technique which could be used to predict physical work capacity of workers performing short term duties while wearing encapsulating protective clothing in a mild ambient environment. A total of 55 volunteers participated in bench step exercises in two different temperature environments and at two different work rates. Even though it was possible to develop useful equations to account for 13% and 24% of the variance in work performance, the precision of the equations was much lower than that which had been observed earlier in the pilot tests. The authors suggest that simple screening measures may be used to identify particularly tolerant and intolerant workers, but that management of workers in protective clothing will have to rely on individual personal monitoring of some combination of field tests plus other measures. The authors suggest that their findings may be immediately useful in efforts to maximize worker productivity while minimizing safety risks.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Personal-protective-equipment; Work-capability; Heat-exposure; Heat-stress; Physical-exercise
Contact
Human Development and Family Life, University of Alabama, Box 870312, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0312
Publication Date
19951204
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
305669
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-105175
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003015
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Control-technology
Source Name
Human Performance Laboratory and Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
State
AL
Performing Organization
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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