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RE: Computer-based training



In a 11/11/98 note to P2TECH, Steve Issacson (isaacsons@uwstout.edu) asked,
in part:

	"Is anyone aware of off-the-shelf training software or a firm that
specializes in developing customized systems?"

Steve --

This appears to be a hot topic.  I'm currently researching an article on
online regulatory and safety training, which will appear later this Fall on
the ChemAlliance site (www.chemalliance.org).  In the interim, one firm
which provides this service is AdvanceOnline (www.advanceonline.com).  

By the way, guidance from OSHA regarding the sufficiency of online training
in meeting their requirements is posted at OSHA's site:

	 http://www.osha-slc.gov/OshDoc/Interp_data/I19941011B.html 
	    
	http://www.osha-slc.gov:80/OshDoc/Interp_data/I19941122B.html 
	http://www.osha-slc.gov:80/OshDoc/Interp_data/I19970611.html 

The bottom line message in each of these documents is provided by the 
following excerpt from the 11/22/94 document:
	      
	  "Thus, OSHA believes that computer-based training programs can be 
	 used as part of an effective safety and health training program to
satisfy OSHA training 
	 requirements, provided that the program is supplemented by the
opportunity for trainees to ask questions of 
	 a qualified trainer, and provides trainees with sufficient hands-on
experience. " 

Hope this helps.

Scott 
Scott Butner (rs_butner@pnl.gov) 
Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle WA   98105
(206)-528-3290 voice/(206)-528-3552 fax
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