Mining Product: Refuge Chamber Expectations Training
Original creation date: October 2009
Refuge Chamber Expectations Training was created by a multidisciplinary team of researchers to inform miners of what it might be like psychologically and physically to be inside a refuge chamber over a period of time.
This material has been designed for underground miners at all skill levels. It can be integrated into required new miner training courses, annual refresher courses, or any other mine site training.
There are two components to NIOSH’s “Refuge Chamber Expectations Training” program:
- a multimedia Adobe Flash presentation, and
- Information Circular Report 9516 (Refuge Chamber Expectations Training: Instructor Guide and Lesson Plans)
The multimedia Adobe Flash presentation contains pictures, audio, video, and interviews with miners who have used a refuge chamber in an emergency. It must be run on a computer with Adobe Flash Player installed.
IC Report 9516 contains an explanation of the purpose for the training, the target audience, computer system requirements for using the training module, and instructions and background information for the course instructor concerning how to prepare to conduct classes, lesson plans for conducting group and individual training sessions, and training evaluation form. It is suggested that instructors carefully review this IC before attempting to use the computer based training module.
This computer based training program (bundled with the Information Circular) can be downloaded at no cost from this page. Alternatively, you may order a CD that includes a hard copy of IC Report 9516.
Installation instructions (first two steps for download only):
- Download the ZIP file to your computer.
- Extract it into a directory on your hard disk (e.g., C:\ExpectationsTraining).
- Run ExpectationsTraining.exe from that directory.
Authors: KA Margolis, KM Kowalski-Trakofler, CY Kingsley Westerman
Audience: Underground miners in annual refresher, new hire, or quarterly evacuation training
Information Circular - October 2009
Refuge Chamber Expectations Training: Instructor Guide and Lesson Plans
NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20035998
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, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-100, Information Circular 9516, 2009 Oct; :1-18
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- Page last reviewed: 1/6/2017
- Page last updated: 9/20/2012
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program