Loads imposed by industrial respirators include inspiratory Bow resistance and dead space. Eleven normal subjects were studied at Gve levels of treadmill exercise (from resting to peak) with and without a respirator surrogate load (single air-purifying cartridge plus 800 ml dead space). Analysis of variance with linear contrasts was used to separate interpersonal from respirator effects. The respiratory pattern was significantly affected, prolonging inspiration, decreasing peak inspiratory Bow rates, and increasing tidal volume. Sensitivity to respiratory loads was measured by the magnitude estimation method; the respirator load, but not exercise, decreased load sensitivity. Interpersonal differences in load sensitivity were relatively large. This study suggests that tolerance to respiratory loads similar to those of respirators may be significantly affected by respiratory timing and load sensitivity adaptation. Poor tolerance by some workers might be related to abnormal psychophysiologic load sensitivity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational Medicine|
|State||Published - Mar 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health