Unmanned Aerial Systems in Occupational Hygiene—Learning from Allied Disciplines
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technologies are rapidly developing, lowering cost, and technology barriers for their use in numerous applications. This review and commentary summarizes relevant literature in allied fields and evaluates potential application and utility of UAS technology in the discipline of occupational hygiene. Disciplines closely related to occupational hygiene are moving to investigate potential uses—and in some cases—already employing this technology for research or commercial purposes. The literature was reviewed to formulate a cross-sectional picture of how UAS technology is being used in these closely allied disciplines which could inform or guide potential use in occupational hygiene. Discussed are UAS applications in environmental monitoring, emergency response, epidemiology, safety, and process optimization. A rapidly developing state of the art indicates that there is potential utility for this technology in occupational hygiene. Benefits may include cost savings, time savings, and averting hazardous environments via remote sensing. The occupational hygiene community can look to allied fields to garner lessons and possible applications to their own practice.
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The Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Robert M. Eninger, Robert L. Johnson, Unmanned Aerial Systems in Occupational Hygiene—Learning from Allied Disciplines, The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Volume 59, Issue 8, October 2015, Pages 949–958, https://doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/mev041