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Effect of exhaled moisture on breathing resistance of N95 filtering facepiece respirators.

Authors
Roberge-RJ; Bayer-E; Powell-JB; Coca-A; Roberge-MR; Benson-SM
Source
Ann Occup Hyg 2010 Aug; 54(6):671-677
NIOSHTIC No.
20036989
Abstract
This study evaluated the effect of exhaled moisture on the breathing resistance of three classes of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) following 4 h of continuous wear at a breathing volume of 40 L min-1, utilizing an automated breathing and metabolic simulator as a human surrogate. After 4 h, inhalation and exhalation resistance increased by 0.43 and 0.23 mm of H2O pressure, respectively, and average moisture retention in the respirators was 0.26 ml. Under ambient conditions similar to those of the current study, and at similar breathing volumes, it is unlikely that exhaled moisture will add significantly to the breathing resistance of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) over 4 h of use.
Keywords
Respirators; Respiratory-protection; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Ventilation; Breathing; Filters; Author Keywords: breathing resistance; filtering facepiece respirators; moisture; N95; respiratory protective equipment
Contact
Raymond J. Roberge, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, USA
CODEN
AOHYA3
Publication Date
20100801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
rroberge@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
State
PA
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