Monday, February 6, 2012

Stress and Training the HazSim Way- Part Four of Five




Controlled stress exposure while training is an important point in training, as we discussed in the last post.  It helps us understand that the situations and materials we are being trained to deal with can be dangerous to the life and health of our communities and ourselves.

Phil Ambrose's unique approach to handling the issue of hazardous gas detector training is shown in the following short video.  It's an introduction to his unique approach of providing hardware and software that can emulate virtually any portable gas detector on the market.  You'll see that the trainer can determine what readings the student sees on their simulated monitor and interact with the student during the training.  This interaction on an individual monitor puts the student on the spot to deal with the issue in front of them.  They learn the point that so many other approaches miss- that you have to use the readings on the monitors to chart your next course of action.


And you'll see why Phil says "HazSim, LLC and their product line of Hazardous Materials Simulation Software and Handheld meters challenges the 'old way' of hazmat training. High risk occupations require simulated hands on training."

We see videos about how to use our hazardous gas detectors.  Teachers explain what the readings might or might not mean.  But in most training, the teacher lacks a way to link that knowledge permanently to the idea that we must use those readings as a basis for our next actions.

You'll get the idea why during the last 30 seconds of Phil's video.

2 comments:

  1. I wish this product was around 20 years ago when I went through specialist. Having had the opportunity to use this I can tell you that it's incredible realism from a training tool. Haz Mat training just entered the 21st century

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  2. I couldn't agree more. Nothing like this to prepare guys like us when I was called to my first toxic gas emergency. It's a hard wake-up call.

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