When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking During Mine Emergency Escape Instructor´s Guide and Lesson Plans

This training program "When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking during Mine Emergency Escape," was created by a multidisciplinary team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help trainees practice correct decisionmaking skills during an underground mine emergency. The training program consists of three parts. The first part is the computer-based training (CBT) program which can be used by groups or individual trainees. The CBT program is run on a computer (refer to the Computer System Requirements section) and uses a multimedia software application called ToolBookR. The training program contains pictures and audio files that simulate the decisions involved in mine emergencies. The second part is the instructor's guide and lesson plans. The third part is an optional evaluation form that the instructor can deliver to trainees to obtain feedback about the training program and discussion sessions. The purpose of the CBT program is to simulate an underground mine emergency and require trainees to make choices similar to those that they would have to make in a real emergency. This training incorporates recent safety developments in underground coal mining technology by including emergency escape options such as refuge alternatives located near the working face, outby refuge alternatives, and caches of extra self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs). Refuge alternatives are a new technology that is unfamiliar to many miners...Therefore, this training will expose trainees to the types of decisions that they may need to make during a mine emergency escape and stimulate group discussion about when and why to use a refuge alternative. Having these discussions now will prepare miners for emergency situations that may occur later. This material has been designed for underground coal miners at all skill levels. Although it was designed for coal miners, it may be used for training miners at all types of underground operations that have added refuge alternatives.

Kosmoski-C, Margolis-KA, McNelis-KL, Brnich-MJ, Mallett-LG, Lenart-P. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-177C, 2011 Aug; :CD-ROM


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