Efficient, ongoing Job training can be tricky to master in many industries. When it comes to dealing with hazardous materials, however, effective safety training is a must, so the hazardous waste worker/emergency responder training community is looking for ways to improve how employees are trained, and it looks like they may have found a solution here in Phoenix.
Earlier this month, Phoenix-based eLearning and simulation development company inXsol was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Program grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The award allows inXsol to study whether online simulations can be a viable, efficient way to improve training for hazardous waste workers.
inXsol will design and demonstrate a product it calls HazReady™, which is an online, multiplayer, small group simulation that will support instructor-led health and safety training for hazardous material workers. HazReady™ is a low-cost solution that enables workers to train for multiple roles through simulated incidents and work sites, and also offers refresher, ongoing and advanced training to help workers develop an expertise .
inXsol will use its HazReady™ product in conjunction with a computer-based simulation tool previously created by The New England Consortium (TNEC) training organization. TNEC is enthusiastic about the collaboration because the original simulation tool was not widely accessible for the at-risk workers, while inXsol’s web-based simulation will increase access to advanced training – satisfying a major need within the hazardous waste industry.
Other organizations, including the UCLA – Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) and The Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (TUCHWWT) also showed interest in exploring this tool and have agreed to test the HazReady™ simulation as part of the project.
inXsol Founder and CEO Henry Ryng will be the Principal Investigator for this project. The first phase of research will take place in Phoenix and is set to conclude this Fall.
More About inXsol
# of Employees: 5-9
Revenues: $1-2.5M per year (according to business.com), profitable for 10+ years
Founder: Henry Ryng
Phone: (602) 347-9575
Headquarters: 11036 North 23rd Avenue, Suite 2 • Phoenix, Arizona • 85029