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Mining Publication: Technology News 496 - NIOSH Releases New Computer-Based Training Exercise Called MERITS

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Original creation date: June 2002

Image of publication Technology News 496 - NIOSH Releases New Computer-Based Training Exercise Called MERITS

MERITS is an extension of previous work that compiled a knowledge base relevant to mine disaster management via interviews, analysis of literature, reviews of past events, and observations of mock mine disasters. Findings from prior research found a need for an alternative method of command center training. This new computer simulation is being used to train emergency command center personnel to effectively manage an underground mine fire. Modeled after training simulations developed for other industries (e.g. to address nuclear accidents, chemical spills, evacuations, etc.) MERITS simulates underground and surface events related to the disaster. It exposes the user to events that typically occur during a mine emergency, such as lack of information and miscommunication. It also presents trainees with issues that must be addressed, such as making provisions for briefing news media and victims' families, ordering needed supplies, interfacing with Government enforcement agencies, and housing mine rescue teams. The outcome of the scenario is determined by the users' decisions and their emergency response plans.

Authors: LG Mallett

Technology News - June 2002

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20021974

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, Technology News 496, 2002 June; :1-2