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Direct-Reading & Sensor Technologies - NIOSH
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM MDT
Category: Education

Presentation Description:

The NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies will present a PDC on the selection and use of technologies for several hazards in the workplace. The objective is to promote the competent development, adoption, and interpretation of data from real-time monitors and direct-reading methods. Encouraging all involved individuals to consider the capabilities and limitations of a technology can improve the ability to address modern measurement challenges.  The first module of the PDC will focus on the direct reading and specifically real-time monitors for aerosols used in occupational environments. The presentation will provide an overview of the technologies, their applications, and specific focus on the capabilities and limitations of different categories of instruments for a knowledgeable implementation by industrial hygienists. The second module will shift to the current NIOSH research on the development and use of direct reading instruments for gas and vapor and provide a brief overview of commercial technologies used to ensure the health and safety of workers.   The third module will discuss the main concepts for occupational noise measurements, regulations and standards, noise metrics, and the main considerations for selection the appropriate sound measurement instrumentation. Finally, the last module is presented with the support of the newly formed NIOSH Center for Work and Fatigue Research and it will focus on fatigue detection and monitoring technologies. While there is no “silver bullet” when it comes to measuring and monitoring fatigue in the field, this module will cover some of the more fundamental risks, benefits, assumptions, and uncertainties inherent to usage of any technology which aims to detect user fatigue. The presentation will cover numerous topics—such as definitions and nature of fatigue, distinctive types and categories of fatigue detection technology, and contextual factors to consider when selecting or implementing fatigue detection technology—and encourages attendees to engage and ask questions as we discuss these complex topics.

Speaker Names:

Dr. Emanuele Cauda - Research Engineer and co-director of the Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies

Dr. John E. Snawder - Research Toxicologist, Co-Director NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies

Dr. Tim Bauerle - Behavioral scientist.

Cpt. Chucri (Chuck) A. Kardous  - Senior Research Engineer

Speakers Affiliation:

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 

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