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Repeatability of physiological responses during two repeated protective clothing performance tests under identical test conditions.

Authors
Williams-WJ; Coca-A; Kim-J-H; Roberge-R
Source
Int J Ind Ergon 2014 Sep; 44(5):793-799
NIOSHTIC No.
20045307
Abstract
Physiological variables were measured in subjects (n=10) during exercise (50% V O2max) on two separate occasions while wearing protective clothing under identical controlled conditions (22 degrees C, 50% relative humidity). We hypothesized that there would be no significant difference in measured physiological variables between two separate trials. Rectal temperature and heart rate responses were not statistically different between trials and within subjects (p=0.270; p=0.85, respectively) whereas mean skin temperature (p=0.049) and sweat rate ([kg.h-1]; 1.31+/-0.52 vs. 1.17+/-0.38; p=0.438) showed a greater variability between trials. We concluded that in general, that heart rate and rectal temperature responses during exercise testing while wearing protective clothing are less variable and more repeatable than sweat rate and skin temperature responses. Relevance to Industry: Comparison of the physiological "burden" of different protective ensembles may aid industry in the proper selection and use of the ensemble that balances both the protective nature against hazards with the least physiological burden to the wearer. Repeatable testing increases the reliability of the selection of the appropriate ensemble.
Keywords
Physiological-effects; Physiological-response; Physiology; Protective-clothing; Performance-capability; Heart-rate; Temperature-measurement; Clothing; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment; Author Keywords: repeatability; protective clothing; User performance testing; Physiological responses
Contact
W. Jon Williams, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC), 626 Cochrans Mill Road, B29-108, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
IJIEE5
Publication Date
20140901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
aun7@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M112014
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0169-8141
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Source Name
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
State
PA
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