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NIOSH Mine Emergency Escape Simulation Technology Available for Developers

Categories: Media, Mining, Technology, Training

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Figure 1 – Pre-evacuation tutorial on using the available multigas meter.

 Background

All underground coal miners in the United States receive escape training on a quarterly basis. This training prepares them for exiting the mine in the event of an emergency and it must include walking either the primary or the secondary escape route from their work area to the outside (30 CFR, 2015). As a way to both study the mine emergency escape system and to supplement the existing training, NIOSH researchers developed the Mine Emergency Escape Training (or MEET) software. MEET uses a virtual immersive environment to create an underground coal mine escape experience focusing on knowledge of escape procedures while utilizing judgment and decision making skills. While NIOSH uses MEET as a research tool, others can use it in new miner, annual refresher, or emergency response training. MEET is appropriate for underground coal miners at any skill or experience level. NIOSH is offering the MEET software to developers interested in tailoring the training as well as to mine safety and health trainers, safety managers and others who can use it “out-of-the-box” for their training needs.

Holiday Gifts from NIOSH

Categories: Media, Observances, Sports and Entertainment

If you are lucky enough to get some time off over the holidays, you may find yourself looking for something to listen to, watch, or read.  Our gift to you this holiday season is a compilation of the songs, movies and books with workplace safety and health themes that we have collected through the NIOSH Science Blog.  These lists were initiated by NIOSH and have grown with additions from our readers.  To save you the trouble of scrolling through all of the comments, we have incorporated all of the suggestions into one comprehensive list for each medium.

200 and Counting!

Categories: Communication, Media

This is the 200th post to the NIOSH Science Blog.  In our nearly seven years of posting we have covered topics ranging from nanotechnology to noise-induced hearing loss for workers at the World Cup.  Since our first post in 2007, the blog has received 1,155,680 views. Our top five most popular blogs are: N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks; Preventing Back Injuries in Health Care Settings; Workplace Stress; Frequency of Respirator Fit Testing; and Truck Driver Safety and Health.

Social Media at NIOSH – The Year in Review

Categories: Communication, Media

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Last year in January we highlighted the top blogs of the previous year.  This year we are taking it one step further to include our top contributions from 2013 across all NIOSH social media channels. It may be news to you that NIOSH is active in some of these areas.  If you didn’t know NIOSH was on Facebook or had a Linkedin account, add “exploring NIOSH social media channels” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. 

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