NIEHS SBIR Awarded
June 2012 – Phoenix, Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
inXsol Announces NIH (NIEHS) SBIR Phase I Grant for – Web-Based, Multiplayer Small Group Simulation â€“ HazReadyâ„¢
Phoenix, AZ, June 1, 2012 – inXsol, a Phoenix-based eLearning and simulation development company, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Program grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The NIEHS award will allow inXsol to study the feasibility and efficacy of online simulations to enhance hazardous waste worker training.
inXsol will design and demonstrate an online, multiplayer, small group simulation to support instructor led hazardous material worker health and safety training. This product is called HazReadyâ„¢. The use of distributed, low-cost simulation will allow individuals to attain a level of experience in multiple roles at typical incidents and work sites and to receive the necessary repetition in possible roles for learning and expertise development. inXsolâ€™s HazReadyâ„¢ approach will increase access for the worker population and better position training organizations to serve their clients with relevant simulation training supporting HAZWOPER and ongoing refresher training.
For this project, inXsol is leveraging a computer-based simulation tool previously created by The New England Consortium (TNEC). In addition, TNEC resources will act in the role of subject matter experts for the project. Dr. Craig Slatin, UMass Lowell Professor of Health Education and Policy and TNECâ€™s Principal Investigator, is optimistic about the impact of this project, “[D]espite the success and significant deployment of TNECâ€™s original simulation tool, only a small fraction of at-risk workers trained in this country have access to advanced tools like the proposed HazReadyâ„¢ Simulation. inXsolâ€™s web-based simulation will increase access to advanced training for the industry â€“ a much needed option for employers and their workers.” In addition to TNECâ€™s primary role for this project, UCLA – Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) and The Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (TUCHWWT) have identified the value of exploring use of this tool for their organizations and have agreed to test the HazReadyâ„¢ simulation as part of the project.
Henry Ryng, inXsol’s President and Principal Investigator for this project, is excited about the opportunity to advance training tools for the Hazardous Waste Worker/Emergency Responder Community. “We are grateful the NIEHS embraced our approach for addressing training challenges described in the SBIR topic.” He continued, “Our partner organizations are crucial to the success of this project and future commercialization. TNECâ€™s enthusiasm demonstrates the need in the marketplace for such tools. The results of this project will create a significant opportunity for hazardous waste worker/emergency responder training community to help increase the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and context of training.
The research for the Phase I project will take place in Phoenix and will conclude in the Fall of 2012.
ABOUT INXSOL – inXsol, a Phoenix-based simulation and eLearning development company, has over 15 years experience creating and implementing solutions for our customers’ mission-critical training needs. inXsol serves the aerospace, education, industrial, financial services and medical markets. In addition to HazReadyâ„¢, inXsol created CommandPlanâ„¢ an incident command simulation. www.inxsol.com
ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND CONSORTIUM (TNEC) – TNEC is the New England region’s model Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Worker Health and Safety training organization. Since 1987, TNEC has provided dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training. With simulated works tasks and mock incidents, students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation. Courses are delivered at TNECâ€™s Training Center at UMass Lowell or at company sites anywhere in New England. TNEC now collaborates with the Civil Service Employees Association of New York State (AFSCME Local 1000). www.uml.edu/tnec/
NSF GRANT SUPPORT AND DISCLAIMER – The project described above is supported by Grant Number 1 R43 ES021640-01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
– END –
Dan Suhr, PhD
Director of Research and Development