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Document ID (ISN)110879
CIS number 10-0441
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harber P., Santiago S., Wu S., Bansal S., Liu Y., Yun D.
Title Subjective response to respirator type: Effect of disease status and gender
Bibliographic information Feb. 2010, Vol.52, No.2, p.150-154. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the effect of respirator type and user characteristics, such as the state of health, on the subjective response to respirator use. The subjective responses for multiple domains were evaluated in 104 volunteers performing work tasks in a simulated work environment. Each used a dual cartridge half face mask and a filtering facepiece respirator. The study population was recruited to include four groups (normal respiratory status, mild asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or chronic rhinitis). Mixed model regression analyses determined the effects of respirator type, disease, gender and age. Half face masks produced more adverse subjective response than the filtering facepiece for most scales. There were significant interactions, such that disease status modified the effect of respirator type. In general, women reported greater adverse ratings than did men. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; comfort assessment; respirators
Descriptors (secondary) chronic diseases; rhinitis; asthma; extrinsic allergic alveolitis; subjective assessment; statistical evaluation; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Statistical methods
Respiratory protection