U.S. National Crime Scene Cleanup Association announced their plans on developing a VR Training software for professionals that work in hazardous and dangerous environments.
The VR training software will offer virtual courses on how to properly clean up everything from blood borne pathogens, bodily fluids, chemical spills and viruses or bacteria.
The initiative, dubbed ‘Safe Training VR’ or ‘STVR’, will put hazmat workers, doctors, nurses, EMTs, or firefighters in a virtual space where they are required to remediate biohazard chemical spills, crime scenes, asbestos, or even dangerous viruses, such as Ebola or MRSA.
Two Rutgers University OSHA 501C Outreach Trainers will help develop the VR experience.
“STVR encompasses many courses and situations that I have learned over the years, as well as a plethora of scenarios I never thought I’d encounter,” says National Crime Scene Cleanup Association president and one of the OSHA 501C Outreach Trainers, James Michel.
“We finally have developed a way to minimize risk while teaching real world applications.”
The announcement comes just months after another National Crime Scene Cleanup Association project named ‘Safeguard’ went into beta testing.
Safeguard is a Virtual Crime Scene Cleanup simulator, designed to educate and teach the public about the hazards of crime scene cleanup, a very little know industry, and educate them on what equipment, techniques, standard operating procedures and chemicals go into a cleanup.