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Appendix A
Body Region Hazard Analysis

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this appendix is to summarize the BRHA (body region hazard analysis) model showing its rigorous basis and highlighting areas where additional articulation of the current model or model development might be useful. The discussion is intended to support not only the practical evaluation of protective suits but also the analysis of the efficacy of using MeS (methyl salicylate) as a simulant. This discussion relies heavily on the excellent presentations to the committee by Army personnel (Fedele, 1996; Fedele and Nelson, 1995).

CONCEPTS

The practical goal of the BRHA is to convert the information derived from a multidimensional experimental testing plan into a concise measure of the relative protection value provided by a given candidate protective ensemble. The basic idea is to convert measurements of exposures at 20 different body locations into a single measure that accounts or the variability of both chemical exposure and relative sensitivity at each body location.

The BRHA analysis provides two distinct modeling opportunities. The first, already in practice, is reducing the MIST data to a concise measure of the protective performance of the suit. The second is to examine the model derivation from first principles, thereby exposing key physical properties and approximations that enter into, and allow reduction of, the governing equations, in order to assess the efficacy

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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of using MeS as a simulant. The model could thus define experiments that should be conducted.

The essential mathematical starting point for the BRHA is the probability distribution for response to an exposure level. It is evidently well accepted that this is the normal function of the log of the exposure. Equation 1 summarizes this information in terms of s, the normal equivalent deviate, n, the natural log of the population response geometrical standard deviation, M, the exposure, and M50, the exposure value at which half the population shows a physical reaction.

(1)

The BRHA applies this concept to each body region j. To do so, the terms of Equation 1 are rewritten as Mj, the exposure in region j, and M50j, the specific exposure for each body region j that alone causes the mean response. Two additional concepts are Aj, the surface area of the body region j, and εj, the transport efficiency in region j. The parameter ej accounts for the transport from skin deposits or absorbed agents to physiologically active sites or, in the parlance of Equation 1, M = ΣεjMj.

Regional sensitivities have been measured, but an experimental determination of the transport efficiencies has not been made yet. The transport efficiency can be eliminated from the mathematical analysis by exploiting the behavior of the response probability distribution. Because at s = 0, half of the individuals will show a response, Equation 1 shows that this occurs when M = M50. Therefore, ej = M50/M50j when local body region exposures are used in Equation 1. This also allows Equation 1 to be rewritten as Equation 2, which accounts for the 20 different body locations:

(2)

The use of Equation 2 in the BRHA is facilitated by relating Mj to the vapor exposure. Far from saturation, exposure is the integral of the rate of delivery over time. This is shown in Equation 3, where Co is the external vapor concentration, t is the time, vj is the absorption velocity, and Aj is the surface area:

(3)

Equation 3 allows Equation 2 to be rewritten as:

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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(4)

An exposure index CoT can therefore be calculated as the point where half of the individuals in a population will respond s = 0, which provides Equation 5 for the median response exposure:

(5)

The BRHA compares exposures under protected and unprotected (bare skin) circumstances. These exposures can be written as Equations 6 and 7, respectively:

(6)

(7)

Critical dosages taken from studies in the literature result in an effective amount of absorption M50j when the exposure is to bare skin at various body regions. This is a useful standard and can be defined by substituting M50j for Mbj and CET50j for COT in Equation 7. This is shown in Equation 8:

(8)

Equation 8 and Equation 7 combined show that Mbj/M50j= CoT/CET50j.

The BRHA seeks to account for Mpj by using the empirically determined relationships between Mbj and CET50j. To do so, it is convenient to define the local body region protection factor, Pfj= Mbj/Mpj. This allows Equation (5) to be rewritten in terms of the experimentally determined protection factors

Pfj= Mbj/Mpj and their effects as summarized by CET50j. The result is shown as Equation 9, which provides the mean challenge level for individuals using protective systems relative to dosages that influence individuals through unprotected bare skin:

(9)

In using Equation 9, the values of CET50j are obtained from referenced toxicity studies involving human exposure to liquid VX (Sim, 1962). The application of these notions is slightly different for local and systemic analysis.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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For local analyses, the Pf values for each location j are multiplied by the locationõs cutaneous mustard vapor toxicity value. The lowest vapor challenge level defines the effectiveness of the protective system. For systemic analyses, the critical whole body exposure CoT50 is calculated from an area-weighted variant of Equation 9 with Pfj= 1 for all j, as shown in Equation 10:

(10)

The resulting CoT50c has a value of 2.45 using Sim's (1962) data for Aj percent and CET50j represent the whole body exposure that, when uniformly applied to the 20 different locations on an unprotected person, results in the reaction.

The BRHA computes the actual challenge whole body exposure (or the whole body effective exposure discussed in the body of the report) by incorporating the location-specific, normalized exposures Pfj as in Equation 11:

(11)

The protective clothing is then rated with a protective actor PF as in Equation 12:

(12)

OPPORTUNITIES AND APPLICATIONS

BRHA calculations are executed in terms of a spreadsheet, which appears to be automated and systematic. Defending the logic of the BRHA model is more problematic. Perhaps the most basic question involves the normalization of exposures and the subsequent normalization of overall effects. Why is the starting point, although intuitively quite reasonable, rigorously correct? What is the physiological or transport basis for it? What are the essential approximations? Another question is the transformation of Equation 1 to Equation 2. It would be useful to articulate the rigorous logic on which these exposure ''mixing rules'' are based. Why normalize on a "spot-by-spot" basis before calculating the overall effect, for example? Why not use the actual exposures for each spot and then normalize? The weighting of

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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the Pfj in Equation 11 is intuitively reasonable, but is it rigorously correct? Again, further articulation of the model derivation would be helpful.

Thus, the conceptual approximations, assumptions, and related limitations of the model would emerge from a more systematic derivation, complete with sample calculations. But another, more global benefit would also result. Systematic development would reveal the dependence of the model parameters on the physical properties (e.g., diffusivities, adsorption and absorption constants, viscosity, vapor pressures) of the system. This would, in turn, provide a more quantitative basis for assessing the efficacy of MeS as a chemical agent simulant.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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NOMENCLATURE

Aj

surface area of body region j

b

bare skin

Co

external vapor concentration

CET50

critical dosage that results in an effective amount of absorption (M50j)

C0T

exposure index

(C0T50)c

critical whole body exposure for systemic analysis

M

exposure

Mj

exposure in region j

M50j

specific exposure for each body region j that alone causes the mean response

M50

the exposure value at which half the population shows a physical reaction

n

the natural log of the population response geometric mean standard deviation

p

protected skin

Pfj

the local body region protection factor

PF

rating factor for protective clothing

s

the normal equivalent deviate

t

time

vj

absorption velocity

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Body Region Hazard Analysis." National Research Council. 1997. Technical Assessment of the Man-in-Simulant Test Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5936.
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REFERENCES

Fedele, P. 1996. Presentation of MIST/BRHA to the Committee on Program and Technical Review of the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command. Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., December 1996.

Fedele P.D., and D. Nelson. 1995. A report on the Method of Assessing Full Individual Protective System Performance Against Cutaneous Effects of Aerosol and Vapor Exposures. Aberdeen, Md.: Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Center.


Sim, V.M. 1962. Variability of Different Intact Human Skin Sites to the Penetration of VX. Technical Report 3122. Army Chemical Center, Md: U.S. Army Chemical Research and Development Laboratories.

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