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A Retrospective Analysis and Field Study of Nanotechnology Related Ergonomic Risk in Industries Utilizing Nanomaterials

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2012
Abstract/Description:
The National Science Foundation estimates that two million skilled nanotechnology workers will be needed world wide by 2015 (-) one million of them in the United States (2001). In the absence of scientific clarity about the potential health effects of occupational exposure to nanoparticles, guidance in decision making about hazards, risk, and controls takes on new importance. Currently, guiding principles on personal protective equipment for workers who come in contact with nanomaterials have not been standardized universally. Utilizing the NASA-TLX, this dissertation investigates the adequacy and shortcomings of research efforts that seek to determine whether or not occupational exposure to nanomaterials while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is or is not potentially frustrating to the worker. While wearing PPE does the worker perceive additional effort, performance, physical, mental or temporal demands or are not impacted during task performance.
Title: A Retrospective Analysis and Field Study of Nanotechnology Related Ergonomic Risk in Industries Utilizing Nanomaterials.
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Name(s): Greaves-Holmes, Wanda, Author
Mccauley Bush, Pamela, Committee Chair
Mollaghasemi, Mansooreh, Committee Member
Sala-Diakanda, Serge, Committee Member
Raghavan, Seetha, Committee Member
Ahram, Tareq, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The National Science Foundation estimates that two million skilled nanotechnology workers will be needed world wide by 2015 (-) one million of them in the United States (2001). In the absence of scientific clarity about the potential health effects of occupational exposure to nanoparticles, guidance in decision making about hazards, risk, and controls takes on new importance. Currently, guiding principles on personal protective equipment for workers who come in contact with nanomaterials have not been standardized universally. Utilizing the NASA-TLX, this dissertation investigates the adequacy and shortcomings of research efforts that seek to determine whether or not occupational exposure to nanomaterials while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is or is not potentially frustrating to the worker. While wearing PPE does the worker perceive additional effort, performance, physical, mental or temporal demands or are not impacted during task performance.
Identifier: CFE0004497 (IID), ucf:49267 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-05-01
Ph.D.
Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Nano- Ergonomics -- Personal Protective Equipments -- Nanotechnology Workers
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004497
Restrictions on Access: campus 2013-11-15
Host Institution: UCF

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