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Document ID (ISN)105524
CIS number 06-1200
ISBN(s) 2-89631-019-3
Year 2006
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-444
Author(s) Marchand D., Tremblay G., Tellier C.
Title Evaluation of the physical constraints associated with the wearing of different personal protective clothing for fire fighters
Original title Evaluation des contraintes physiques associées au port de différents vêtements individuels de protection des pompiers [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2006. xvi, 137p. Illus. 60 ref. + CD-ROM. Price: CAD 13.00. Downloadable version (pdf format) free of charge.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Heat stress is the main cause of death for fire fighters. Their protective clothing produces risks of thermal reaction, in addition to being the cause of accidents due to its bulkiness and its inadequacy for the task. In response to a request from the City of Montreal, several studies were undertaken to compare different types of uniforms. This study evaluates the physical stresses related to the wearing of firefighters' protective clothing based on psychophysical perception, oxygen consumption, heart rate, skin temperature, electromyography and humidity. It resulted in a classification of the uniforms, which can be used as a reference for fire brigades in choosing uniforms with the fewest stresses.
Descriptors (primary) protective clothing; Quebec; heat load; physical workload; fire services
Descriptors (secondary) humidity; subjective assessment; Canada; fatigue assessment; oxygen intake; selection of equipment; pulse rate; skin temperature
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Protective clothing
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Heat and cold