A review of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in mining

A common problem for high risk industries such as mining is how to provide effective safety related training. Virtual reality simulation offers the opportunity to develop perceptual expertise, perceptuo-motor skills, and cognitive skills such as problem-solving, and decision-making under stress, without exposing trainees or others to unacceptable risks. This review examines the evidence for the effectiveness of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in mining.
Evidence exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of virtual reality as a medium for safety related training in a range of other industries (e.g. training perceptuo-motor skills of pilots, surgeons, and drivers of a range of vehicles; maintenance inspection tasks; spatial awareness for specific locations; and improved decision making under stress).

Source : Tichon J, Burgess-Limerick R. J. health saf. res. pract. 2011; 3(1): 33-40. http://burgess-limerick.com/download/a54.pdf

 

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