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Evaluative research and methods development for the assessment of training effectiveness in occupational respiratory protection.

Bryant-CJ; Cole-HP; Umberger-GH; Kwak-E; Ruch-WE; Colligan-MJ
Scand J Work, Environ & Health 1992 Jun; 18(Suppl 2):66-68
Methods used for the assessment of the effectiveness of a respiratory protection course offered by NIOSH four times a year to the general public as part of the NIOSH continuing education curriculum were evaluated. Topics covered in the course work included hazard assessment and respirator selection, inspection procedures, standard operating characteristics, qualitative and quantitative fit testing, and respiratory maintenance. Consultants who had expertise in both adult learning measurement techniques and occupational health evaluated the course. A battery of test items, performance checklists, and exercises were used to measure achievement levels relative to the stated course objectives. Demographic information was obtained from the trainees. Most of the persons in the sample were responsible for aspects of occupational respiratory protection and had relatively little prior formal training in this area. The trainees achieved a mean score of 76.3% on the Comprehensive Multiple Choice Test which was designed to measure a combination of factual knowledge and decision logic involved in selecting respirators for specific contaminants. Most of the trainees felt that the tests were useful for teaching them and would be helpful in teaching other workers at their companies.
NIOSH-Author; Respiratory-protection; Education; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Industrial-hygiene
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Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health