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Using retroreflective material to enhance the conspicuity of coal miners.

Authors
Beith-BH; Sanders-MS; Peay-JM
Source
Hum Factors 1982 Dec; 24(6):727-735
NIOSHTIC No.
10002733
Abstract
This study investigated the use of retroreflective material to increase conspicuity of miners. A scaled simulation was created using dolls configured as miners. Twelve observers viewed four configurations of retroreflective material on dolls in 3 body postures at 1 of 3 locations in the visual field. In a subsequent experiment, nine observers compared two configurations. The results confirmed the poor conspicuity of the configuration currently required in mines, which features retroreflective tape on the helmet only. All experimental retroreflective configurations significantly improved detectability over this configuration. Overall, the most cost-effective configurations were those in which the belt and/or armbands were covered with retroreflective material.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Safety-engineering; Safety-clothing; Safety-research
CODEN
HUFAA6
Publication Date
19821201
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 7-83; Contract-J03782 13
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0018-7208
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Human Factors
State
PA; CA
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