Worker Training Program
Technological advances have created opportunities to deliver accessible, accurate, and interactive training electronically. The Small Business Programs (SBIR/STTR) E-Learning for HAZMAT Program focuses on the development of e-learning products that support:
- Health and safety training of hazardous materials workers, emergency responders, and skilled support personnel.
- Community and citizen preparation and resiliency.
- Research into the acute and long-term health effects of environmental disasters.
This initiative builds on the NIEHS Worker Training Program’s experience in worker safety and health training by stimulating creative SBIR proposals to create such products.
Innovation in Worker Training
The SBIR E-Learning for HAZMAT Program supports the development of e-learning products that assist both students and instructors and use a range of delivery platforms, including:
- Computer and web-based applications
- Interactive DVDs
- Mobile device applications
E-learning products provide solutions to specific training problems and for specific training audiences. They can be used in traditional classroom settings, and they often help prepare for critical hands-on training. These products also can help to equip workers rapidly and effectively with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves and their communities from hazards.
The WTP awards SBIR grants to further the development of e-learning products that support the health and safety training of hazardous materials workers, emergency responders, and skilled support personnel. Current SBIR grantees are:
- Charles River Analytics, Inc.
- Medcognition, Inc.
- Metamedia Training International, Inc.
- Radiant Creative Group, LLC
Descriptions of prior SBIR e-learning awards are also available.