Workers Refine New Equipment and Process Prior to Field Implementation
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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Respiratory Protection, Training and Qualification, Radiation Protection

Workers found that the Mine Safety Appliance PremAire respiratory system with Vortex cooling combined with the Rich Industries Level B encapsulating suit technology kept the workers cooler, offered better protection and improved efficiency during high hazard entries. The creation and use of a mock-up system and deliberate worker involvement led to improvements for the equipment and their uses.

Good Practice: When utilizing new equipment, implementing a realistic mock-up is most beneficial. The mock-up allows an opportunity to refine the process and familiarize workers with equipment prior to field implementation. Additionally, the use of feedback benefits the manufacturers, the users and everyone involved.

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