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Document ID (ISN)65776
CIS number 95-2246
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) O'Leary C., Parsons K.C.
Title The role of the IREQ index in the design of working practices for cold environments
Bibliographic information Oct. 1994, Vol.38, No.5, p.705-719. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract For any cold environment a calculation can be made of the minimum clothing insulation required by workers (IREQ). Two studies are reported which investigated the role of the IREQ index in the design of working practices for cold indoor environments. The two studies suggest that the use of the IREQ index alone as a working practice may not be adequate to provide thermal comfort. The IREQ index was suggested as adequate initial protection against the strain induced on a worker in a cold environment. The design tool included the IREQ index as an initial indicator of cold stress; subsequent application of local clothing adjustment, followed by suitable general working practices were then required to achieve thermal comfort.
Descriptors (primary) protective clothing; cold stress; cold workplaces; protection against cold; insulating clothing; comfort assessment
Descriptors (secondary) body temperature; thermal discomfort; comparative study; temperature measurement; subject variability; human experiments
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; New Zealand
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Protective clothing
Accident research
Heat and cold