Chamber design requirements - reply.
J Occup Environ Hyg 2007 Dec; 4(12):D135
AUTHORS' REPLY: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the letter from Professor Coles. Comfort and protection are often competing design requirements. We agree completely that the value of a protective ensemble can be negated due to the effects of heat stress and that those involved in ensemble research or test and evaluation should carefully consider physiological impact. In fact, our laboratory has an active research program to study the physiological "burden" of protective clothing and equipment and led a task group within the ASTM Committee F23.60 on Human Factors to develop a new standard test practice F2668 titled Standard Practice for the Physiological Evaluation of Protective Clothing. As with any review article, we were forced to make some tough decisions regarding what topics we felt we could adequately cover, while keeping the manuscript to a reasonable length. Unfortunately, one of the areas that we were not able to discuss in detail comprised the chamber design requirements that are necessary for physiological testing of ensembles.
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Ronald Shaffer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene