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Minimum protection factors for respiratory protective devices for firefighters.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  842565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Carbon monoxide and oxygen concentrations were measured in seventy-two structural fires using a personal air sampler carried by working firefighters. In a total sampling time of 1329 minutes the carbon monoxide concentration exceeded 500 ppm approximately 29 percent of the time. The maximum carbon monoxide concentration was 27,000 ppm and in 10 percent of the fires, the maximum concentration exceeded 5500 ppm. Only six runs indicated oxygen concentrations less than 18 percent. On the basis of these exposure data, a minimum protection factor of 100 is proposed for breathing apparatus for structural firefighting.
W A Burgess; R Sidor; J J Lynch; P Buchanan; E Clougherty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American Industrial Hygiene Association journal     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0002-8894     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Ind Hyg Assoc J     Publication Date:  1977 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-04-15     Completed Date:  1977-04-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0371160     Medline TA:  Am Ind Hyg Assoc J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Air / analysis
Carbon Monoxide / analysis
Oxygen / analysis
Protective Devices*
Respiratory Protective Devices*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Smoke; 630-08-0/Carbon Monoxide; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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