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Anthropometry for respirator sizing.
McConville-JT; Churchill-E; Laubach-LL
Webb Associates, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1972 Apr; :1-113
From this study the following conclusions may be drawn: an adequate source of head and face anthropometry measured on civilian industrial workers does not exist; a broad and useful body of head and face anthropometric data is available for various U.S. military samples which can be used in the design and sizing of respirators for civilian industrial workers with a considerable degree of confidence; the anthropometric data available from the U.S. Air Force 1967 survey and the U.S. Air Force Women's survey of 1968 are judged to be the most satisfactory of the military data for portraying the civilian working population; differences in head and face size among racial and ethnic subgroups are of little practical significance in respiratory design; the assumption that the female face is, for face piece design purposes, a small male face has not been adequately validated; the regression equation method for sizing appears to offer some distinct advantages over the district computation method; a variety of sequential sampling procedures are available for testing masks for compliance with the desired standards.
Human-factors-engineering; Regression-analysis; Personal-protective-equipment; Reliability; Experimental-design; Safety-equipment; Face-masks
Final Contract Report
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Webb Associates, Yellow Springs, Ohio; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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