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Mining Product: EXAMiner

Original creation date: February 2019

Cover image for EXAMiner software

Beta Release: This software has not completed NIOSH's rigorous testing but is considered to be fully functional. Because of the high level of interest from numerous stakeholders this beta version is being made available now. Send comments to

EXAMiner allows mineworkers to search for hazards by performing a virtual workplace examination with the goal of finding as many hazards as possible. The interactive PC-based application can be used with the 30-plus preloaded images of scenes from four locations at a stone surface mine—in the pit, at the plant, in the shop, and along mine roadways—or trainers can upload their own panoramic images.

The software was designed to be used by trainers during Part 46 annual refresher training, quarterly training meetings, or pre-shift toolbox talks.

Screenshot of EXAMiner

Screenshot of EXAMiner's opening page

To create a training session, you have two options:

You can choose to use scenes created by NIOSH and have mineworkers perform a virtual examination at one of four locations at a surface stone mine. By using NIOSH-created scenes, mineworkers are able to practice searching for and finding hazards in the pit, at the plant, in the shop, and along haul roads and other mine roadways. After completing a workplace examination, mineworkers receive feedback on their performance and are provided additional information to reinforce their knowledge of mine site hazards.

Alternatively, you can customize the scenes that mineworkers search by importing your own panoramic pictures to create site-specific scenes to use as training materials at any type of mine, in any sector. This gives you the opportunity to create materials that address specific hazards your mineworkers are encountering in the workplace. Importantly, this also gives you the ability to continually add content to the software, importing as many panoramic pictures as you have available, to address the changing needs of your mineworkers.

EXAMiner in the news:

NOTE: This version of EXAMiner requires the 64-bit version of Windows.

Installation instructions:

  • Uninstall any previous versions of EXAMiner (Heads up early adopters & testers)
  • Download and unzip the installer to a local folder.
  • Open the Installer folder and run EXAMiner BETA Setup.exe.

Authors: B Eiter, J Hrica, J Bellanca, W Helfrich, G Cole, J Fritz, J Navoyski, T Orr, J Britton

Software (Windows) - February 2019

Version: Beta

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2019 Jan: PC software.