Perception of Impact of Frequent Short Training as an Enhancement of Annual Refresher Training

Ruth Ruttenberg, Peter C. Raynor, Scott Tobey, Carol Rice

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Introduction of facilitated hands-on drills as often as monthly and the use of online modules prior to annual refresher training for emergency response teams were investigated through surveys and group discussions. This research explores how these drills are perceived by emergency response team members, emergency response team coordinators, instructors, and management at the company. Using these tools throughout the year, members of emergency response teams from automobile manufacturing facilities reported an increased ability to maintain their skill sets, build teamwork, and continually refresh and strengthen their ability to protect their fellow workers as well as plant operations and equipment. The results also document examples of how this innovative program that incorporates frequent training has led to workplace improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-110
Number of pages9
JournalNew Solutions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training operates in nine states—Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin—and provides a range of training programs. The content of this publication is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The University of Cincinnati Institutional Review Board found this work to not be human subjects research.

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© The Author(s) 2020.


  • emergency response
  • emergency response teams
  • health and safety training
  • refresher training


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