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Your Environment. Your Health.

REALISTIC ADAPTIVE IMMERSIVE LEARNING SYSTEM (RAILS) FOR HAZMAT SITE MONITORINGCHARACTERIZATION AND REMEDIATION TRAINING

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Principal Investigator: Bautista, Carl Tim
Institute Receiving Award Spectral Labs, Inc.
Location San Diego, CA
Grant Number R44ES028143
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 01 Apr 2017 to 28 Feb 2022
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary The work proposed aims to develop an immersive videogame-based training program to train HAZMAT workers specifically involved in the emergency response, site characterization, waste removal, and site remediation at the extensively contaminated sites on the National Priorities List. Specific training will be designed to meet the mandates of 29 CFR 1910.120 for HAZWOPER training required for workers accessing Superfund sites and other employees who are exposed to hazardous substances through the clean-up, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, directly tackling the goals of the NIEHS Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program. The development will provide a first-person immersive training environment for the trainee to learn and practice key operational tasks such as site characterization and analysis, site control, monitoring, and decontamination by allowing the trainee to actively participate in the operation, performing tasks from the first person perspective, with realistic environments, equipment and tools. The trainee will be able to utilize accurately modeled instruments representative of those most commonly found in site emergency response, characterization, and remediation work. By simultaneously simulating both chemical and radiological hazards, the training will have unique capabilities specifically targeted to meet site-specific training requirements of the NIEHS/DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program. Specific Aims of the Phase II program include: • Develop six software modules to cover the topics 1910.120 (q) (6) (ii) (A)-(F), Emergency Response Program to Hazardous Substance Releases at the First-Responder Operations Level. This material has the advantage of having overlap with several other portions of the broader 1910.120 training, covering topics as personal protective equipment, decontamination, and emergency response for a wide range of HAZMAT workers. • Simulation and Modeling of Additional Equipment to allow for training on the appropriate use and limitations of NFPA and OSHA personal protective equipment classes • Environmental Development and Enhancement to provide a virtual training environment for control, containment and confinement training • Software Deployment and Support to integrate feedback from International Association of Firefighters master trainers based on their testing of the software • Software Deployment and Support to integrate feedback from instructors of the Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology courses at Southwestern College, with the goal of developing dual-use training software that meets their students learning requirements. • Produce a DOE-Site-Specific Radiation Training Module
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education (U45)
Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer James Remington
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