Advanced worker protection system
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 describes the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS) which will include a life-support backpack with liquid air for cooling and as a supply of breathing gas, protective clothing, respirators, communications, and support equipment.
- Publication Date:
- OSTI Identifier:
- Report Number(s):
- DOE/METC--96/1021-Vol.1; CONF-9510108--Vol.1
ON: DE96000551; TRN: 96:001841-0020
- Resource Type:
- Resource Relation:
- Conference: Environmental technology development through industry partnership, Morgantown, WV (United States), 3-5 Oct 1995; Other Information: PBD: Oct 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Proceedings of the environmental technology through industry partnership conference. Volume 1; Kothari, V.P.; PB: 312 p.
- Research Org:
- USDOE Morgantown Energy Technology Center, WV (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 05 NUCLEAR FUELS; 42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; OPTIMIZATION; PROTECTIVE CLOTHING; DESIGN; DECONTAMINATION; RESPIRATORS; MAINTENANCE; THERMAL COMFORT; WORKING CONDITIONS
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