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Data on industrial experience related to a heat standard: chemicals.
Standards for occupational exposures to hot environments. Horvath SM, Jensen RC, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-100, 1976 Jan; :155-161
Study of the physiological responses to heat exposure in workers employed in a manufacturing facility where they are regularly exposed to process heat revealed no evidence of physiological stress at a wet bulb globe temperature of 81 degrees as evaluated by continuous monitoring of heart rates. Only one case of probable heat fatigue was recorded at a dry bulb temperature of 85 degrees. The results suggest that the recommended heat exposure limits of 79 degrees wet bulb for men and 76 degrees for women are lower than necessary to protect against excessive physiologic strain and against heat related illness.
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Standards for occupational exposures to hot environments
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