250328 Evaluating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill safety training: Assessing training effectiveness among multiple stakeholders in the Gulf Coast

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sue Ann Sarpy, PhD , Sarpy and Associates, Charlottesville, VA
Felicia A. Rabito, PhD , Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Nancy Goldstein, MS, PhD , Sarpy and Associates, Charlottesville, VA
The need for rigorous comprehensive evaluations for objectively evaluating the program effectiveness of various health and safety and emergency preparedness and disaster response training is long established. In particular, research has called for training evaluation systems that provide evidence of the training effectiveness from the perspectives of the various program stakeholders. The purpose of this presentation is to describe an evaluation process that was developed to assess the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Gulf Oil Spill (GOS) safety training including preliminary results of this integrated evaluation process.

In response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, NIEHS trained over 147,000 workers across four states to assist in rapid and efficient mitigation of continued environmental contamination while ensuring minimal impact to public health. A multiple stakeholder evaluation process was designed to assess effectiveness of the GOS safety training, from various sources, including workers (e.g., on-shore and off-shore volunteers, technical specialists), trainers, supervisors, employers, and community-based organizations. Obtaining information from these multiple sources, experiences and perspectives imparts a more thorough and accurate analysis of the effectiveness of the training itself. Preliminary results will be discussed with respect to making quality improvements, identifying best practices, and making better use of available resources and strategies. The application of this evaluation system and resulting evidence will be highlighted including implications for strengthening other worker health and safety programs in disaster response and guiding related policy development.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the development and use of a multiple stakeholder evaluation model in assessing worker health and safety training in disaster response. 2. Describe the use of the results in ensuring continuous quality improvement of the worker health and safety training program and related policy development regarding disaster response.

Keywords: Evaluation, Occupational Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have served as lead evaluator and/or principal scientists for various occupational health and safety interventions for the past fifteen years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.