Exhibitor Introduces Novel Approach to Electrical Safety Training

Etcetera Edutainment, a Pittsburgh-based provider of simulation and game-based safety training, earlier this month announced the release of "Electrical Safety Sim: Low Voltage"--a simulation-based training module that allows workers to learn and practice the principles of NFPA- and OSHA-based electrical safety. The simulation--one of a variety of immersive training products available for demonstration on the Expo floor at booth #3218--introduces what Etcetera calls a "breakthrough approach" for training apprentices and experienced employees about electrical safety principles that can help them avoid or prepare for two major work hazards--shock and arc flash incidents.

Electrical Safety Sim includes a series of interactive lessons that present and reinforce electrical safety concepts through game interaction, providing immediate feedback to trainees on their outcomes; lessons are followed by scenarios in which trainees test their safety practices and knowledge by performing common repair and troubleshooting tasks. Instead of taking chances on the job, trainees can use the simulation game to make choices and experience consequences in real-time, and experiment with options to "relive" the experience with different choices without endangering themselves or others, Etcetera says.

The product was tested by electrical safety trainers and consultants, including JATC instructors and apprentices from IBEW Local #5 in Pittsburgh. "The apprentices who tested the Electrical Safety Sim found it to be easy to use and the electrical safety concepts easy to understand," said Tim Wisyanski, electrical apprenticeship instructor for the JATC, IBEW Local #5. "The structure of the training content did a great job of stepping them through the concepts of the NFPA 70E electrical safety standard. We're looking forward to this becoming part of our everyday training curriculum."

Etcetera developed the electrical safety simulation in consultation with a panel of subject matter experts, including certified electricians and safety consultants from Pittsburgh-based Sargent Safety, a subsidiary of Sargent Electric, and Lee Marchessault, a certified electrician, safety consultant, and president of Workplace Safety Solutions. A demo of the product is available for download at Etcetera's Web site, www.EtceteraEdutainment.com.

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