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Document ID (ISN)101709
CIS number 03-765
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Akbar-Khanzadeh F., Pulido E.V.
Title Using respirators and goggles to control exposure to air pollutants in an anatomy laboratory
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.43, No.3, p.326-331.19 ref.
Abstract This study explored the feasibility of wearing one or a combination of respirators and goggles to control exposure to chemicals in laboratories of anatomy. A total of 28 subjects were trained in wearing protective equipment and asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their subjective reaction after having worn the assigned protective equipment while carrying out their normal work. The subjects' exposure to formaldehyde was also measured and it generally exceeded the recommended limits. When a full-face respirator or the combination of a half-mask respirator and goggles were worn, a majority of subjects reported no odour problem and no irritation to the eyes or the upper respiratory system. Subjects accepted the protective equipment to a certain degree, but those using respirators encountered difficulties communicating with others. The combination of a half-mask respirator and goggles was found to be the best combination to control exposure to air pollutants in a laboratory of anatomy.
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; irritants; laboratory work; pathological anatomy; safety spectacles; respirators; odour control; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) speech communication; subjective assessment; eye irritation; face shields; questionnaire survey; comfort assessment; permissible levels
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Face and eye protection
Heating and air conditioning
Respiratory protection