Accession Number : ADA314325

Title :   Conceptual Design of an Expert System for Planning Afloat Industrial Hygiene Surveys.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 95-Jan 96,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hermansen, Lawrence A. ; Pugh, William M.

PDF Url : ADA314325

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Industrial hygienists need to have access to up-to-date information from numerous and varied sources to perform thorough shipboard industrial hygiene surveys. This paper describes an expert system designed to provide U.S. Navy industrial hygienists with information that can be used for planning and conducting shipboard industrial hygiene surveys. An expert system uses algorithms or rules to emulate the thinking of a human 'expert' and make recommendations for solutions to specialized problems. In this case, an expert system is being designed to implement the complex expert knowledge that industrial hygienists use when preparing and conducting routine industrial hygiene surveys aboard U.S. Navy ships. The system will be developed using specific information about ship types and ships within each type. This information, combined with information about hazardous materials, processes, and industrial operations conducted aboard the ship, will be used to generate a variety of reports, schematics, and lists to guide the hygienist. These summaries will help industrial hygienists make more informed decisions when developing survey plans. Ultimately, it will allow them to efficiently perform comprehensive inspections by focusing on areas with the greatest potential for exposures to hazardous materials.

Descriptors :   *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, *INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE, *INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE, ALGORITHMS, INDUSTRIES, NAVAL VESSELS, HUMANS, NAVY, SURVEYS, PLANNING, MILITARY MEDICINE, INSPECTION, SHIPBOARD, ACCESS, EXPERT SYSTEMS, SPECIALISTS, SCHEMATIC DIAGRAMS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE