Empirical prediction of physiological response to prolonged work in encapsulating protective clothing.
Bishop P; Reneau P; Ray P; Wang MQ; Smith J
Human Performance Laboratory and Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1995 Dec; :1-85
An attempt was made to develop a technique which could be used to predict physical work capacity of workers performing short term duties while wearing encapsulating protective clothing in a mild ambient environment. A total of 55 volunteers participated in bench step exercises in two different temperature environments and at two different work rates. Even though it was possible to develop useful equations to account for 13% and 24% of the variance in work performance, the precision of the equations was much lower than that which had been observed earlier in the pilot tests. The authors suggest that simple screening measures may be used to identify particularly tolerant and intolerant workers, but that management of workers in protective clothing will have to rely on individual personal monitoring of some combination of field tests plus other measures. The authors suggest that their findings may be immediately useful in efforts to maximize worker productivity while minimizing safety risks.
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Personal-protective-equipment; Work-capability; Heat-exposure; Heat-stress; Physical-exercise
Human Development and Family Life, University of Alabama, Box 870312, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0312
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Human Performance Laboratory and Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama