Burns Harbor and Hammond, Ind.
Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal, working in concert with Purdue Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), had developed and begun deploying—in early 2019—an innovative, new safety program for fire extinguisher and procedural training. Now, they’ve deployed a video featuring that program.
Technologically, the program blends 360-degree, video-captured real-world settings with virtual reality components, in an interactive environment. Trainees are introduced to use of the interactive elements at the program start, are familiarized with the PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) fire extinguisher steps, and are then challenged to put out a virtual fire in an actual workplace setting.
Trainee responses, related in the below video by ArcelorMittal personnel at the Deerfield Training Center, have been overwhelmingly positive—and seem to encourage a sort of “healthy competition” among testers.
“They’re really amazed that they’re actually inside a mill setting, instead of just an animation,” notes Arvella Greenlaw, an instructor at the Deerfield Training Center. “And they all want to do a little bit better….”
Jeff Mitchell, safety training coordinator, said, “We see that [kind of program] as the future of training in many ways.”