Title

Modeling Human Performance in Chemical Protective Suits

Abstract

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.

Meeting Name

IIE Annual Conference and Expo (2010: Jun. 5-9; Cancun, Mexico)

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Second Department

Psychological Science

Third Department

Business and Information Technology

Sponsor(s)

Arena
Boeing
Colorado Technical University
FedEx Ground
The Hershey Company

Keywords and Phrases

Crisis management; Human performance model; IMPRINT pro; Level A chemical suits; Personal protective equipment; Protective clothing

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2010 Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), All rights reserved.

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