Worker Safety Advisor Manual


          1. Hardware and software needed to run the Worker Safety Advisor
          2. Sales, pricing, copyright and distribution
          3. Sponsors, developers and development process
          4. To install the full version
          5. To install the demo version
          6. Tips when using the Worker Safety Advisor
          7. Troubleshooting
          8. Overview, goals, and objectives of the Worker Safety Advisor
          9. Technical support
          10. Disclaimer


1. Hardware and software needed to run the Worker Safety Advisor

The Worker Safety Advisor will run on any computer that runs windows. The quality of the graphics and speed of operation depends on the quality of your computer.

2. Sales, pricing, copyright and distribution

The Worker Safety Advisor is copyrighted software. It is available free to anyone in the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) for use within TDPRS. Free use is also available over the Internet. It is available to load on networks and on stand alone computers based on the following fee schedule.

For a Macintosh version of the Worker Safety Advisor, contact us.

Other options may be available upon request.

Proceeds from the sale of the Worker Safety Advisor will be used to further the University of Texas at Arlington child protective services technology efforts, for example, to develop additional modules.

3. Sponsors, developers, and development process

The sponsoring organizations: The module was developed through a contract between the Center for Child Welfare at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Children's Protective Services Training Institute, Center for Social Work Research at The University of Texas at Austin. It was funded by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS), Child Protective Services Program.

The developers: The module was developed by Becky Bolen, Graduate Research Assistant and Dick Schoech, Ph.D., Professor and Project Director. Research assistance was provided Sheila Kendricks, Eric Hendricks, and Russel Louer. Secretarial support provided by Carole Kahler.

The development process: The Worker Safety Advisor consists of 9 screens. The knowledge base, when printed, results in approximately 225 pages. The knowledge base is derived from TDPRS training materials, experts' consultation, and a thorough review of the existing literature. The knowledge base consists of approximately 200 hotwords and 50 topic areas, subdivided into 135 subtopics. Also included in Version 2 will be 15 scenarios of worker safety incidents developed by CPS workers and supervisors. The following provided or reviewed expertise for the Worker Safety Advisor.

 

Organization

Name

Type of expert

UTA

Joan Rycraft

CPS experience and researcher

UTA

Jo Ann Coe

Former CPS supervisor, trainer, and Ph.D. student

UTA-DHHS

Pat Newlin

Federal regional CPS expert

UTA-TDPRS

Anna Rae Rozell

TDPRS PD

TDPRS

Paul McClean

TDPRS Trainer & urban expert

CPSTI

Joan Richardson

Trainer and curriculum developer

CPSTI

Sondera Malry

CPSTI Trainer

Consultants

Doug O'Dell &

Diane Irwin

National worker safety experts & trainers from New York

4. To install the full version

5. To install the demo version

The demo version was developed to allow users to get a quick guided tour through the features of the software. Most of the information on worker safety is not available. Options are suggested to insure that you see all of the features of the software in an organized fashion.

6. Tips when using the Worker Safety Advisor

7. Troubleshooting

8. Overview, goals and objectives of the Worker Safety Advisor

A performance support system (PSS) improves workplace performance by providing on-demand access to the integrated information needed to complete a task or solve the problem at hand with minimal support from other people. A PSS provides supportive information when it is needed, where it is needed, and in the format in which it is needed.

To test the feasibility of a workstation PSS module, the University of Texas at Arlington has developed this PSS prototype in the area of worker safety. Worker safety concerns the ability to recognize, prevent, assess, handle, and recover from situations that endanger one's physical and emotional well being.

The PSS module presents workers with several computer screens on which they specify the situation about which they need safety information. The module then searches a database of worker safety information and presents relevant information in an easy to read format.

The module is not a replacement for training, nor is training the goal of the module. The module is seen as a refresher for information previously presented during training. However, the module or the information it contains might be used as a training tool.

The Worker Safety Advisor Ver. 1 was developed using Authorware. The worker safety database is being reviewed by a variety of experts after which the revised module (version 2) will be developed and evaluated.

The goal of the Worker Safety Advisor is to provide advice to CPS workers on how to perform their job more safely. The performance objectives are:

9. Technical support

Make a list of any problems you have with the Worker Safety Advisor and email them to schoech@uta.edu or fax them to 817-272-2046. Be as specific as possible about the problem by giving a description of the screen (maybe some words for me to search for the proper page) and a detailed description of the problem. Also provide a description of your computer (e.g., Pentium with 16mb of RAM) and specify what operating system you are using. Provide an email address or a Fax number for replying.

10. Disclaimer

The Worker Safety Advisor is intended to provide guidance only. We have accumulated the best information about child protective services worker safety that we could locate. We used a variety of experts and sources and presented these sources along with the information.

The Worker Safety Advisor is not a substitute for training on worker safety, consultation with a supervisor or other safety personnel, or requesting a safety escort in dangerous situations. The developers assume no liability or responsibility for the use or misuse of the information provided by the Worker Safety Advisor.

For additional information, contact Dick Schoech at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, Box 19129, Arlington, TX 76019-0129 Ph: 817/272-3964 FAX: 817/272-2046, Internet: schoech@uta.edu.


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