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Respirator testing in non-clinical settings: I. Relative consistency of field versus laboratory measurements.

Authors
Harber-P; Hsu-P; Beck-J; Brown-C
Source
NIOSH 1992 Jan; :1-11
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023893
Abstract
This study compared the intra-person consistency in measurements of respirator effect when determined in a laboratory and when determined in a field course setting. Results demonstrated that for physiologic parameters (including respiratory timing and ventilatory volumes) as well as subjective responses, field course measurements were at least as consistent as laboratory measurements. Because field measurements are inherently more likely to be work-related than routine clinical testing, their use may become increasingly important due to changes in the standard of practice and legal requirements, such as the Americans with Disability Act. A simple standardized field course may be developed without extensive equipment, and workers may be tested using their routine respirators on this course as a screening procedure to select the small number of workers who require extensive medical evaluation.
Keywords
Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Medical-screening; Laboratory-testing; Measurement-equipment; Materials-testing; Physiological-factors; Ventilation; Field-study; Standards
Contact
University of California, Department of Medicine, Occupational Medicine Branch, Los Angeles, CA 90024-7027
Publication Date
19920127
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
573602
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-02005
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Respirator Research
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Department of Medicine, Occupational Medicine Branch, Los Angeles, California
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