Title

Unmanned Aerial Systems in Occupational Hygiene—Learning from Allied Disciplines

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2015

Abstract

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.
Abstract © 2015 Oxford University Press

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Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Occupational Hygiene Society 2015.

DOI

10.1093/annhyg/mev041

Source Publication

The Annals of Occupational Hygiene

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