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Title: Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I

Abstract

The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. Themore » backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system, maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
259195
Report Number(s):
DOE/MC/30178-5181
ON: DE96004458; TRN: 96:004101
DOE Contract Number:  
AC21-93MC30178
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jul 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS; DESIGN; PROTECTIVE CLOTHING; DECOMMISSIONING; DECONTAMINATION; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; RESPIRATORS; COST; COOLING; THERMAL COMFORT; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Myers, J. Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I. United States: N. p., 1995. Web. doi:10.2172/259195.
Myers, J. Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I. United States. doi:10.2172/259195.
Myers, J. Sat . "Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I". United States. doi:10.2172/259195. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/259195.
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title = {Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I},
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abstractNote = {The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system, maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles.},
doi = {10.2172/259195},
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place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995},
month = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995}
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