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Progress Reports: University of Minnesota: Midwest Emerging Technologies Public Health and Safety Training Program

Superfund Research Program

Midwest Emerging Technologies Public Health and Safety Training Program

Project Leader: Peter Raynor
Grant Number: R25ES023595
Funding Period: 2013-2021
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The goal of METPHAST is to develop a comprehensive web-based curriculum on occupational hygiene, emphasizing applications to worker health and safety in emerging technologies. To accomplish this objective, the research team will develop three online cores for education and training in chemical hazard recognition, detection technologies, and risk management. The cores will cover the following emerging technologies: green chemistry, sustainable remediation, electronic products and waste, and nanotechnology. Each core in the curriculum will be comprised of 10-15 web-based modules; each module, in turn, will include a carefully constructed set of short narrated screencasts, animations, exercises, and activities. Instructors will use the curriculum to create academic and continuing education courses that develop the skills of industrial hygiene students; students in other health, science, engineering, and technology disciplines; and professionals who require continuing education on the health and safety of emerging technologies. The program is innovative because it provides flexible, online education materials that instructors can first use to train themselves, and then to train others, on topics that fit the needs of their organizations. All materials are freely available on the web, ensuring that the METPHAST Program has a regional, national, and global reach.

The specific aims of this program include:

  • Development of three online cores for professional training of occupational health and safety specialists, engineers, scientists, technicians, and instructors in the areas of chemical hazard recognition, detection technologies, and risk management. Each core will contain 10-15 web-based modules. In turn, each module will be comprised of a set of short learning assets that can collectively be completed in about one hour. Real-world applications of concepts introduced in the learning assets will be drawn from the following emerging technology sectors: green chemistry, sustainable remediation, electronic products and waste, and nanotechnology.
  • Use the modules in the online cores to modify the industrial hygiene curricula at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa and technology-related curricula at Dakota County Technical College and other educational institutions by offering blended learning courses that emphasize applications of occupational health and safety in emerging technologies.
  • Use the modules in the online cores to create continuing education courses for professionals and instructors who seek training in occupational health and safety applicable to emerging technologies.
  • Maintain and update online modules, academic courses, and continuing education courses related to nanotechnology health and safety developed during the previous funding period.

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