HazMatIQ LIVE eLearning_The Missing Link in HazMat Response Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43ES020136-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43ES020136
Amount: $99,831.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NIEHS
Solicitation Number: ES10-003
Small Business Information
5100 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD, 21704-
DUNS: 095147927
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (301) 515-6300
Email: theld@metamediausa.com
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): MetaMedia will use the internet to deliver high quality, job-related pertinent hazardous materials and safety training to a large national responder audience at a low cost. Online training alleviates many problems facedby public safety professionals' training, allowing students to train on their schedule while on duty or at home, and with the ability to start and stop in the event of an emergency incident. MetaMedia and HazMatIQ have partnered to develop a library of HazMat courseware and related resources which will be available to responders 24x7 in a variety of modes. The first eLearning product developed with NIEHS SBIR funding is HazMatIQ's patented Above the Line/Four Step System. HazMatIQ has trained over 15,000 responders in classroom settings throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and South America. The four-hour eLearning curriculum is in final stages of testing and integration into a Learning Management System (LMS) before release to the emergency response community. Also funded by NIEHS and presently in development is HazMatIQ GURU, an innovative m-Learning (mobile) approach to providing critical hazard response information on-scene on a handheld device. Continuing our mission to protect workers and the public from exposure, injury and death as a result of a chemical hazard or WMD, MetaMedia and HazMatIQ propose to develop a series of interactive training webinars, each one to two hours in length, which will complement the 'Above the Line' training. The webinar series-HazMatIQ LIVE -will cover the most critical information and knowledge required for responders to perform the time-dependent, incident risk-response decision process, including chemical and physical properties that influence the decision process, most important monitoring equipment, and most important properties of WMDs (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) that influence the selection of monitoring equipment for the response. An interactive design that simulates a real-world emergency response will enable participants to engage with each other in a live field drill. The strategic aims of this project are to fill gaps in critical HazMat response training that lead to more effective response to HazMat incidents, gainfield experience through realistic virtual exercises, enable responders to have access to critical training 24x7, and provide an alternative that reduces the cost of training for Fire Departments. Our long range goal is to reduce injuries, death, and the cost of HazMat response incidents through timely and successful risk mitigation at a time when training budgets are being slashed and vacant positions due to attrition are being unfilled in communities across the U.S. The application is rated ata priority score level of 48.

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