Whether working under a blazing sun or mining the deepest reserves, miners face hot, humid conditions at work and are at risk for heat stress. NIOSH has recently developed “Keeping Cool,” a new, interactive training module that you can use to review essential heat stress-related safety points in 20-30 minutes. If you’re looking for something beyond the standard
PowerPoint, come look at the approach we took and see how it might work for you.
Dr. Blaine P. Connor is an anthropologist and educational specialist who has worked for NIOSH since 2014 on projects related to mine emergency self-escape, initial emergency response manager (“responsible person”) training, and risk assessment systems. A member of the mining program’s Training Solutions Team, his current projects include the development and assessment of training programs related to heat stress safety and underground mine escape and in increasing the number of the program’s Spanish-language resources. Prior to joining NIOSH, Dr. Connor was the Director of Academic Programs for the University of Pittsburgh’s College of General Studies. There, he oversaw the design of new online courses and new certificate programs; designed the assessment process for the College’s majors and certificates and the audit process for its course schedule; taught undergraduates; and engaged in advising and outreach. Dr. Connor earned his PhD in anthropology for a multi-year study of employee relocations in Japan.
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