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Respirator impact on work task performance.

Authors
Harber-P; Yun-D; Santiago-S; Bansal-S; Liu-Y
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Jan; 53(1):22-26
NIOSHTIC No.
20038207
Abstract
Objective: Respirators are used to maintain work performance and protect against inhaled toxins. The study compared the effects of two commonly used respirator classes-dual cartridge half face mask (HFM) and filtering face piece (N95)-upon work productivity. Methods: 107 volunteers performed eight simulated work tasks when using the HFM and N95 respirators. Tasks included several body positions, exertion levels, and concentration requirements. Objective measures of accuracy and speed were developed for each task. Scores for each task were based on the subject's rank among all subjects. Results: All subjects were capable of performing the tasks. There were no statistically significant differences between respirator types in either task performance metric. Conclusions: Productivity impact can be measured effectively and should be considered as part of respirator design testing and when selecting the optimal respirator for a worker.
Keywords
Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Face-masks; Air-purifying-respirators; Filters; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-capability; Task-performance; Equipment-design
Contact
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, UCLA Occupational Medicine, 10880 Wilshire, #1800, Los Angeles, CA 90024
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20110101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pharber@ucla.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008119
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Los Angeles
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