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Psychological problems associated with the wear of industrial respirators.
NIOSH 1980 Sep; :257-297
Psychological variables and problems associated with the use of air purifying and supplied air respirators and of self contained breathing apparatus are examined. An overview of research addressing the psychological aspects of respirator wear is presented. Research which has addressed the following particular aspects of the stress related to respirator use is discussed: the perception of breathing during exercise, psychophysiological effects of wearing respirators, and psychometric correlates of respiration, and the nature of the hyperventilation syndrome. A pilot study involving psychological and physiological evaluation of volunteer test subjects diagnosed as normal, impaired, or badly impaired with respect to pulmonary function is described. The author concludes that certain types of individuals are more likely than others to experience anxiety attacks while wearing self contained breathing apparatus and that these individuals can be identified in advance with an acceptable degree of precision.
Psychological-factors; Ergonomics; Psychological-effects; Respiratory-protection; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches
Papers from the NIOSH International Respirator Research Workshop, September 9-11, 1980, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
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