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Anxiety during respirator use: comparison of two respirator types.

Authors
Wu-S; Harber-P; Yun-D; Bansal-S; Li-Y; Santiago-S
Source
J Occup Environ Hyg 2011 Mar; 8(3):123-128
NIOSHTIC No.
20038605
Abstract
Anxiety may interfere with proper respirator use. This study directly compares the effect of two types of respirators - elastomeric half-face mask with dual-cartridges (HFM) and N95 filtering facepiece - on anxiety levels. Twelve volunteers with normal or mildly impaired respiratory conditions performed a series of simulated work tasks using the HFM and N95 on different days. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) measured state anxiety (SA) before and during respirator use. STAI also measured trait anxiety (TA), a stable personal characteristic. The effect of the respirator was measured as the difference between SA pre-use and during use. Work with HFM was associated with an increase in SA (2.92 units, p<.01), whereas work with the N95 had no observed effect. Anxiety should be considered in the selection of the best respirator for a user. Impact on anxiety should be considered for respirator design and certification purposes, particularly if the device is to be widely used in workplace and community settings.
Keywords
Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Face-masks; Emotional-stress; Elastic-properties; Task-performance; Behavioral-testing; Personality-traits; Equipment-design; Author Keywords: anxiety; personal protective equipment; respirator
Contact
Philip Harber, UCLA Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 10880 Wilshire, #1800, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
CODEN
JOEHA2
Publication Date
20110301
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
3
ISSN
1545-9624
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Los Angeles
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