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Your Environment. Your Health.

Best Practices in Using Technology in HAZMAT Training

March 29-30, 2017
Puerto Rico

WTP Spring 2017 Awardee Meeting Banner

Purpose of the Awardee Meeting

The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brought awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training, and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

Continued advances in training technologies require the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) to take a strategic look at how best to use these technologies to enhance HAZMAT training programs. WTP has followed the development and application of training technologies since 1999, when it held its first workshop on computer and Internet-based learning methods for safety and health training. This workshop built on the program's work in this area, exploring the types of technologies that are being used inside and outside of classrooms and the generational differences that impact learning and training.


Participant List

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time Topic
1:00 p.m. Welcome
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., NIEHS
1:05 p.m. Brief Grantee Introductions
1:35 p.m. NIEHS Updates (8MB) 
  • Chip Hughes, Sharon Beard, Kathy Ahlmark, Demia Wright and Jim Remington, NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
  • Pamela Clark and George Tucker, NIEHS Grants Management Branch (GMB)
2:30 p.m. Clearinghouse Update (864KB) 
Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:45 p.m. 2017 Operational Matrix (1MB) 
Chip Hughes and Deborah Weinstock
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Business Official Meeting (5MB) 
    Pamela Clark and George Tucker, NIEHS GMB
  • Program Official Meeting
    Chip Hughes, Kathy Ahlmark, Demia Wright and Jim Remington, NIEHS WTP
  • ECWTP Meeting (2MB) 
    Sharon Beard, NIEHS WTP

Workshop: Rutgers/WTP Best Practices in Using Technology in HAZMAT Training

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • Advanced Training Technologies (806KB)
    Mitchel Rosen, Rutgers University
  • Carlos Padin, Universidad Metropolitana
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Jr., NIEHS
  • Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS
9:15 a.m. Introductions and Icebreaker Activity (343KB) 
9:45 a.m. Evolution of Technology Use in WTP: Our History and Looking Ahead
10:30 a.m. Use of E-learning Technologies and Resources in WTP

Mobile Apps/Online
MODERATOR: Carol Rice, Ph.D., Midwest Consortium Virtual Reality/Simulations
  • Matt Kozak and Janet Womachka, The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employees Association(TNEC-CSEA)
  • Jennifer Lastra, 360immersive
  • HazSim (333KB)
    Russell Rivard, Milwaukee Fire Department
E-learning Resources and Technologies
1:15 p.m. Evaluating the Effectiveness and Appropriateness of Training Technologies
MODERATOR: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:15 p.m. Current and Emerging E-learning Tools and Technologies
MODERATOR: Kenneth Oldfield, Alabama Fire College
3:45 p.m. Interactive Learning Sessions

Explore Training Technologies Product Sharing
SBIR grantees and other companies shared the products they have created that may be useful for health and safety training.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. The Evolution and Future of Health and Safety Training Jill James, Vivid Learning Systems
10:00 a.m. Best Practices for Technology Use In or Out of the Classroom
11:15 a.m. E-learning and Minimum Criteria (307KB) : Kick-off Planning for the Fall Workshop on Minimum Criteria
FACILITATOR: Craig Slatin, Sc.D., TNEC
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