Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2013 Vol.15, No.1

 

 

Title: Exploring first responder preferences and opinions about handheld radiation detectors

 

Authors: Paul Savory; Pamela Skidmore; James V. Crowe; M. Susan Hallbeck

 

Addresses:
Department of Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis Laboratory, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68588-0526, USA
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis Laboratory, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68588-0526, USA
Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis Laboratory, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68588-0526, USA

 

Abstract: Handheld radiation detectors are increasingly being used by first responders to scan for and monitor radiological threats. Twenty-two first responders from two different response teams were surveyed about the usability, design, and comfort of handheld radiation detectors. The goal of the survey was to learn how their current detector can be improved and general ergonomic issues that can be enhanced in the design of a new detector. Key areas explored include: operating constraints, detector operational features, buttons, handle, external colour, weight and size, screen functions, and alarm notification. The results provide important user data to study, plan for, develop, and test the design and prototype of an improved detector.

 

Keywords: radiation detectors; handheld detectors; detector design; first responders; usability; questionnaire; survey; first responder preferences; first responder opinions; radiological threats; radiation monitoring; ergonomics.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2013.055510

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2013 Vol.15, No.1, pp.37 - 50

 

Available online: 24 Jun 2013

 

 

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