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Repeatability of physiological responses during two repeated protective clothing performance tests under identical test conditions.
Williams WJ; Coca A; Kim J-H; Roberge R
Int J Ind Ergon 2014 Sep; 44(5):793-799
Physiological variables were measured in subjects (n=10) during exercise (50% V O2max) on two separate occasions while wearing protective clothing under identical controlled conditions (22 degrees C, 50% relative humidity). We hypothesized that there would be no significant difference in measured physiological variables between two separate trials. Rectal temperature and heart rate responses were not statistically different between trials and within subjects (p=0.270; p=0.85, respectively) whereas mean skin temperature (p=0.049) and sweat rate ([kg.h-1]; 1.31+/-0.52 vs. 1.17+/-0.38; p=0.438) showed a greater variability between trials. We concluded that in general, that heart rate and rectal temperature responses during exercise testing while wearing protective clothing are less variable and more repeatable than sweat rate and skin temperature responses. Relevance to Industry: Comparison of the physiological "burden" of different protective ensembles may aid industry in the proper selection and use of the ensemble that balances both the protective nature against hazards with the least physiological burden to the wearer. Repeatable testing increases the reliability of the selection of the appropriate ensemble.
Physiological-effects; Physiological-response; Physiology; Protective-clothing; Performance-capability; Heart-rate; Temperature-measurement; Clothing; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment; Author Keywords: repeatability; protective clothing; User performance testing; Physiological responses
W. Jon Williams, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC), 626 Cochrans Mill Road, B29-108, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Page last reviewed: June 10, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division