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Particle release from respirators, part II: determination of the effect of tension applied in simulation of removal.
Birkner JS; Kovalchik S; Fung D; Hinds WC; Kennedy NJ
J Occup Environ Hyg 2011 Jan; 8(1):10-12
This study evaluated the potential for disposable filtering facepiece respirators (hereafter termed masks) contaminated with 1-µ m particles to release particles as a result of lateral tension applied to the mask. The lateral tension was designed to simulate the removal of a contaminated mask from a user's head. Four brands of filtering facepieces were loaded with approximately 20 million 1.0-µ m polystyrene latex (PSL) microspheres. The respirators were then placed in a test chamber and subjected to lateral tension between 17.8-26.7 N (4-6 lbs) for 1 to 2 sec. The findings suggest that neither mask type nor loading condition affects particle release. This supports our hypothesis that when filtering facepiece respirators are properly removed from the head they will not release a significant number of particles.
Airborne-particles; Exposure-assessment; Face-masks; Filter-materials; Filters; Laboratory-testing; Microscopic-analysis; Particle-aerodynamics; Particulate-dust; Particulates; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Respirators; Respiratory-equipment; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Worker-motivation; Work-practices; Author Keywords: particles; release; removal; respirator; stretch
Jeffrey S. Birkner, UCLA, Environmental Health Sciences, 56-070 CHS, Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
University of California Los Angeles
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division