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Releasing the energy of workers to create a safer workplace: the value of using mentors to enhance safety training.

Authors
Camm-TW; Cullen-ET
Source
NIOSH 2002 Sep; :35-38
NIOSHTIC No.
20022099
Abstract
The mentor/learner model is a time-honored approach to teaching, including within the mining industry. Miners know when they see excellence and have a deep respect for experts in their field. By using expert miners as mentors to other, less-experienced miners, training programs can be developed that will have a legitimacy and credibility that resonates with those being trained. Building upon concepts in current theories of adult education, this paper highlights the unique advantages of using mentoring as a teaching method that can make the educational experience both interesting and effective. Current NIOSH safety training materials use these concepts to deliver effective adult learning experiences for workers in the mining industry.
Keywords
Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Training; Age-groups; Age-factors; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-workers; Mining-equipment; Occupational-safety-programs
Publication Date
20020901
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Peters-RH
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
SRL
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA
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