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NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19, 2000. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :63-64
This presentation will summarize the results of a recent study to assess how mine health and safety trainers used simulation exercises that were distributed (over a two year period) by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (National Mine Health and Safety Academy). The exercises are designed to teach judgment and decision making skills in three broad content areas: first aid, technical practices, and a mixture of the two. A previous study revealed that more than 400,000 response sheets were distributed prior to December 1994. The present study focused on who ordered the exercises (1995-1996), how the materials were used, and their impact on training. The sample size is 52 organizations. Safety and health trainers from these organizations reported that 31,785 workers were trained with the simulation exercises. The presentation will condense and report on several aspects of the study. These include: exercise administration and evaluation strategies, perceived value of the simulations as training tools, and trainer suggestions for new materials. Overall, trainer responses to the survey suggested that the simulations helped to improve the effectiveness of their instruction and promoted a problem-solving approach to their training. The structure of their training also allowed them to make use of trainees' knowledge and experience. A large majority of the health and safety trainers responding to the survey offered to help in the construction and field-testing of new exercises. The presentation will conclude with a few observations concerning continuation and expansion of the simulation exercises as one method for occupational health and safety training within the mining community. There were many collaborators in the construction and testing of the mine safety and health simulation exercises, and many are interested in extending those early collaborations.
Mining industry; Mine workers; Miners; Education; Training; Safety programs; Simulation methods
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000
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