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Factors affecting respirator tolerance.
Harber P; Bansal S; Santiago S; Liu D; Yun D; Us S; Liu Y
Personal Protective Technology Program Stakeholders Meeting, March 3, 2009. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Mar; :15
Both the decision analysis and experimental approaches suggest: 1.) There is a "trade-off" between respirator protection factor and protection of workers! i.e., highly protective respirators that are not used may actually be less protective to public health than less effective devices that far better tolerated & more widely available; 2.) Since we do not (yet) know which outcomes are most important, respirator design & evaluation should consider multiple domains: (physiologic impact,respiratory adaptation, multiple subjective components, work productivity, & actual utilization).
Equipment-design; Face-masks; Filters; Injury-prevention; Analytical-processes; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Physiological-effects; Physiological-factors; Physiological-measurements; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Pulmonary-system; Respirators; Respiratory-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Risk-analysis; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Standards; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Workplace-studies
Philip Harber, UCLA Occupational-Environmental Preventive Medicine, 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Personal Protective Technology
Personal Protective Technology Program Stakeholders Meeting, March 3, 2009
University of Arizona, Tucson
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