Modeling Human Performance in Chemical Protective Suits
First responders are responding to crises with hazardous or unknown materials are often required to wear high level of protective equipment. This research explores the performance of individuals wearing the highly cumbersome Level A suit which offer maximum protection via a fully-encapsulating suit. The suits are heat-retentive and can cause fatigue that effects performance by increasing response time and decreasing accuracy. Members of Missouri's Civil Support Team (CST) are subjected to varying difficulty levels of fine and gross motor tests, and their completion time and accuracy are used to obtain a correlation between the suit and performance.
S. L. Murray et al., "Modeling Human Performance in Chemical Protective Suits," Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo (2010, Cancun, Mexico), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Jan 2010.
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Keywords and Phrases
Crisis management; Human performance model; IMPRINT pro; Level A chemical suits; Personal protective equipment; Protective clothing
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