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Industrial hygiene field equipment management system.

Farwick-D; Zimmer-J
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 10-15, 2003, Dallas, Texas. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2003 May; :63
Researchers in the Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch (EPHB) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) depend on the efficient and proper operation of the Industrial Hygiene/ Maintenance and Calibration Laboratory in conducting control technology studies. Engineering laboratory technicians, in concert with webpage design staff, developed an equipment management system that includes scientific equipment and field supplies belonging EPHB. Field personnel use a web-based form to request equipment needed for a field survey. The management system checks the equipment and supply database to ensure requested items are available for the survey period. The requestor sends the completed form to the IH laboratory technician by e-mail. As the equipment is packed, the technician scans the bar code of each requested item. Most expendable supplies are treated the same way as equipment. They are bar coded, checked out, and unused items checked back when the survey is finished. After all the equipment and the supplies are scanned and packed, a report is generated for the project officer (usually the requestor). Warnings about low inventory of expendable supplies, relative to a predetermined safe reserve level, are generated. Information about which pieces of equipment were used on each survey is retained in a history table, allowing usability and reliability of the equipment to be assessed. In addition, the equipment management system tracks equipment needing calibration or servicing on a regular basis. Status reports on the condition and availability of the equipment can be generated at any given time. This new equipment management system enhances the research capabilities and efficiency of the NIOSH engineering research program by ensuring equipment is available and in good working order when it is needed for field work.
Industrial-hygiene; Control-systems; Control-technology; Workplace-studies; Engineering-controls; Computer-programs
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Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 10-15, 2003, Dallas, Texas