NIOSH hazard recognition software now available

NIOSH hazard recognition software now available

In early 2017 RockRoadRecycle (which was NAQN at the time) featured a two-part series entitled “The psychology of mine safety — How do mine workers search for and find worksite hazards,” by Brianna M. Eiter, Timothy Orr and Jason Navoyski. The series was based on research being conducted at NIOSH during that time with a view to “identify novel ways to improve mineworker’s knowledge, skills and abilities related to detecting worksite hazards and assessing risk to empower them to make decisions that most benefit their health and safety.” 

The articles appeared before we went digital, but are now uploaded to the website. You can now read Part I and Part II. It was recently announced that NIOSH has finished the study and have released their major output, which they call EXAMiner. NIOSH has posted a beta version on the NIOSH website.

EXAMiner allows mineworkers to search for hazards by performing a virtual workplace examination with the goal of finding as many hazards as possible. The interactive PC-based application can be used with the 30-plus preloaded images of scenes from four locations at a stone surface mine — in the pit, at the plant, in the shop and along mine roadways. EXAMiner also gives you the opportunity to upload your own panoramic images and create your own site-specific materials.

This software has not completed NIOSH’s rigorous testing but is considered to be fully functional. Because of the high level of interest from numerous stakeholders this beta version is being made available now. Visit their site, download the program and check it out. Send comments to mining@cdc.gov.

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