National Institute of Health award extends grant for Charles River Analytics to build VR training technology to help workers manage hazardous materials safely

Virtual Reality (VR) image of spilled toxic waste being cleaned by workers in hazmat overalls. In the foreground a trainee with VR equipment is participating in the training.

Charles River Analytics was awarded an additional Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to create VR modules that enhance training for hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER). Following a successful Phase I and supplemental COVID-19 grant, Charles River continues to build VR content to bridge […]

Scientists Studying How to Use Virtual Reality to Train Responders for Post-Pandemic Disasters


There’s a fire and a chemical spill—fire trucks arrive with their lights flashing, and firefighters in their heavy-duty hazardous materials (HAZMAT) suits run toward the flames. What happens next for these first responders—and how quickly and safely they stop the fire—depends on how well their training prepared them. It’s known as hazardous waste operations and […]

National Institute of Health Awards Charles River Analytics Supplemental Grant to Help First Responders Train During COVID-19 Pandemic

Charles River Analytics was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop an Immersive Modular Preparedness Intelligent Tutor (IMPRINT) Administrative Supplement. The IMPRINT Admin Supplement is a virtual reality (VR) training system that will help first responders learn new decontamination protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The […]