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Title: The Effect of Job Performance Aids on Quality Assurance.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the 2014 HFES Annual Meeting held October 27-31, 2014 in Chicago, IL.
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United States

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Fosshage, Erik D. The Effect of Job Performance Aids on Quality Assurance.. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Fosshage, Erik D. The Effect of Job Performance Aids on Quality Assurance.. United States.
Fosshage, Erik D. Sat . "The Effect of Job Performance Aids on Quality Assurance.". United States. doi:.
title = {The Effect of Job Performance Aids on Quality Assurance.},
author = {Fosshage, Erik D},
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year = {Sat Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2014},
month = {Sat Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2014}

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