MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia), has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop interactive scenario-based training programs to help prevent, mitigate and respond to tragic and avoidable incidents related to hazardous materials in the maritime industry.
MetaMedia has partnered with the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) to develop a library of HazMat scenarios that will be integrated into existing and ongoing hazardous materials training that is overseen by NSU-COM through their five-year NIH-funded grant, South East Area Maritime Industry Safety Training project (SEAMIST).
MetaMedia will use Apple’s iPad to deliver the programs. The case studies will be based on real-life accidents using realistic scenarios that will cover the most critical information and knowledge required for dock workers to perform an incident risk-free response. HazMat situations will include a chemical leak, including the chemical and physical properties that influence the decision-making process, with a particular emphasis on confined spaces and/or oxygen-depleted environments.