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Document ID (ISN)111972
CIS number 11-0722
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chou C., Tochihara Y., Ismail M.S., Lee J.Y.
Title Physiological strains of wearing aluminized and non-aluminized firefighters' protective clothing during exercise in radiant heat
Bibliographic information Mar. 2011, Vol.49, No.2, p.185-194. Illus. 35 ref.
Internet access Physiological_strains.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study examined the influences of aluminized and non-aluminized firefighters' protective clothing on physiological and subjective responses in radiant heat. Eight firefighters performed exercise at an air temperature of 30░C with 50%RH. Three bouts of 10 min-bicycle exercise in radiant heat (a globe temperature of 70░C) were spaced by a 10 min rest with no radiant heat. Results showed that rectal temperature, mean skin temperature, heart rate, and body weight loss were significantly greater for the aluminized clothing than for all types of non-aluminized clothing. For the aluminized clothing, thermal gradient of the body reached 0.0 ▒ 0.7░C, heart rate showed a maximum level of 183 ▒ 11 bpm and 1.9% of body weight was lost due to sweat secretion. Firefighters felt the hottest and most discomfort in the aluminized clothing. It appeared that firefighters' thermoregulatory mechanism was severely challenged by wearing aluminized protective clothing during exercise in strong radiant heat. Therefore, it is suggested that the safe upper limits while wearing aluminized firefighters' clothing should be distinguished from those for typical firefighters' protective clothing.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; radiant heat; heat load; fire fighting; heat protective clothing
Descriptors (secondary) pulse rate; regulation of body temperature; body-core temperature; sweat secretion during effort; exercise tests; WBGT index
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Commerce, services, offices
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Heat and cold
Personal protection