From the Laboratory to the Field: Developing a Portable Workplace Examination Simulation Tool

  • Brianna M. EiterEmail author
  • William Helfrich
  • Jonathan Hrica
  • Jennica L. Bellanca
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 780)


To perform a successful workplace examination, mineworkers must be able to find and fix hazards at their workplace. NIOSH recently completed a laboratory study to identify differences in hazard recognition performance for mineworkers, safety professionals, and mining engineering students tasked with performing a simulated workplace examination in a virtual environment. The laboratory methodology and study results were used to develop a training product aimed at improving mineworker safety. The purpose of the current chapter is to describe the efforts that were taken to modify the laboratory workplace examination simulation into a portable software tool called EXAMiner, which can be used for data collection and training purposes in the field. This chapter provides an explanation of the literature and results from the NIOSH laboratory research studies used to inform and motivate development of EXAMiner. In addition, the software specifications are explained.


Mine safety Hazard recognition Virtual reality 



NIOSH would like to thank Holly Tonini for her help in taking and editing the panoramic images, and Gregory Cole, Jonathan Fritz, and John Britton for programming the EXAMiner software. EXAMiner is currently being tested in the field and will be available to the public following final evaluation. The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brianna M. Eiter
    • 1
    Email author
  • William Helfrich
    • 1
  • Jonathan Hrica
    • 1
  • Jennica L. Bellanca
    • 1
  1. 1.Pittsburgh Mining Research DivisionNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPittsburghUSA

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