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Document ID (ISN)104806
CIS number 06-418
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Selkirk G.A., McLellan T.M.
Title Physical work limits for Toronto firefighters in warm environments
Bibliographic information Apr. 2004, Vol.1, No.4, p.199-212. Illus. 49 ref.
Abstract This study examined the relationship between tolerance time and metabolic rate for three different environmental temperatures (25░C, 30░C, and 35░C, 50% relative humidity) in a group of firefighters wearing firefighting protective clothing (FPC) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Thirty-seven firefighters (33 male and four female) were divided into four work groups defined as heavy, moderate, light and very light according to the strenuousness of a treadmill exercise performed while wearing FPC and SCBA. Findings show the differential impact of environmental conditions at various metabolic rates on tolerance time. Results reveal that passive recovery may not be sufficient to reduce body temperature below pre-recovery levels when working at higher metabolic rates in hot environments.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; physical workload; hot workplaces; personal protective equipment; heat load
Descriptors (secondary) body-core temperature; Canada; heat protective clothing; pulse rate; self-contained breathing apparatus; energy metabolism
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Heat and cold
Fires