Degree Name

MSEH (Master of Science in Environmental Health)


Environmental Health

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Creg S. Bishop, James L. Anderson, Kenneth Z. Silver, Phillip R. Scheuerman


A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate a company’s online H & S training program. The ABC Company’s online 8-hr HAZWOPER refresher course is based on current OSHA standard topics required for certification and principles flexible to fit site- or task-specific situations and conditions.

An 18-question survey was used to evaluate employee perceptions of online training compared to traditional classroom training. Perceptions were compared by demographic variables (e.g. gender, position, race, age and longevity with the ABC Company), which suggested that only age had an influence on employee response. Fifty-five percent of the employees surveyed preferred online training as compared to 45 percent for classroom training. The difference in percent was not significant (p >0.05). Comparing pretest with posttest scores from the online training course identified an increase in retention of knowledge. Therefore, it was determined that the online training program is effective, at least from the company’s perspective.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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