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Document ID (ISN)76124
CIS number 01-264
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Marszalek A., Smolander J., Sołtyński K., Sobolewski A.
Title Physiological strain of wearing aluminized protective clothing at rest in young, middle-aged and older men
Bibliographic information 29 Nov. 1999, Vol.25, No.2, p.195-202. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to assess the thermal strain of wearing radiation protective clothing as a function of age. The subjects were 24 healthy men similar in daily physical activity, body size and subcutaneous fat thickness, divided into three groups: young, middle-aged and older. Subjects rested in a sitting position for 60min in a climatic chamber in two experiments with WBGT of around 29░C that represented a low stress (LS, low radiant heat and little clothing) and high stress (HS, high radiant heat and aluminized protective clothing). The findings indicate that heat stress conditions did not cause marked heat strain, which seemed to be within acceptable limits for all age groups. Healthy older men were able to tolerate the heat stress tests as well as young and middle-aged men. However, ratings of thirst in the oldest group may indicate a greater risk for dehydration.
Descriptors (primary) heat protective clothing; heat stress assessment; hot workplaces; age-linked differences
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; body-core temperature; heat load; dehydration; sweat rate; radiant heat; pulse rate; blood pressure; human experiments; metallized fabrics; WBGT index
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland; Poland
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold
Protective clothing