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2001 NIOSH Protocol and 2004 NIOSH-Sponsored Anthrotech Report: A Head-and-Face Anthropometric Survey of United States Respirator Users

In 2001 NIOSH contracted Anthrotech, Inc., to perform a comprehensive anthropometric study of respirator users in the United States workforce and to propose new fit-test face panels based on their findings. To accomplish these aims, Anthrotech recruited 4,026 subjects from 41 different sites in eight states. The subjects were employed in various industries and organizations that required either the regular or the occasional use of respirators. Each subject was measured for 21 dimensions, such as menton-sellion length, bizygomatic breadth, and lip length using traditional anthropometric tools. Based on the data collected, Anthrotech proposed two new panels for half- and full-face respirator fit testing. The results of this survey and the analysis that followed were detailed in the 2004 Anthrotech report to NIOSH “A Head-and-Face Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Respirator Users.”

A complete version on the 2001 NIOSH protocol and the 2004 Anthrotech report to NIOSH may be found by viewing Appendix C at the following website: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11815.html.



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