Every year, millions of employees get injured or lose their lives due to accidents at workplaces. Even though employers are not directly responsible for these mishaps, they are also affected by employee absenteeism and the huge compensations that they have to make in such situations.
Most often, these workplace disasters take place due to the employees’ not being aware of the impending dangers. So it is important that this message is spread among the workforce. Training has to be provided on how to avoid such incidents and how to safeguard themselves in case they face such situations.
Also, organizations are legally obliged to provide training to employees on all the safety parameters. OSHA mandates employers to:
- Test and certify
- Maintain the completion records
Any violations of the regulations can result in huge penalties and legal implications.
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Types of safety training:
Employees must be trained on various parameters as part of safety management training. The list includes:
- Fire Extinguisher Training – The NFPA estimates that 65,880 firefighter injuries have occurred in the line of duty in 2013, out of which 12,535 accidents took place at non-fire emergency incidents.
- Manual Task Safety Training – The US Bureau of Labor estimates that 33% of workplace disorders and injuries reported are caused due to musculoskeletal disorders, costing organizations around 2.02 billion dollars.
- Hazards Identification Training – According to OSHA, each year, approximately 50,000 employees die from illnesses caused by exposure to workplace hazards costing $125 billion to organizations.
- Safe Driving Training - According to Annual Global Road Crash, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, which is on average 3,287 deaths a day.
- Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls Training – According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Work Related Injury Survey, 58 out of every 1000 workers experienced illness or sustained an injury at the workplace in organizations.
- Electrical Safety Training - According to the factsheet on safety in the workplace, more than 46,000 employees are injured due to on-the-job electrical hazards over the last 10 years.
Challenges in Imparting Training
Safety training is aimed at making safety an integral part of the company’s culture. On the other hand, employees do not show interest in these trainings, as they find the information very basic and boring. The company is required to impart training to all global employees in a stipulated time and ensure that their completion is recorded.
How can e-learning help?
E-learning is a cost effective and flexible medium that provides anywhere, anytime learning to employees. It provides an opportunity to design customized safety courses based on the learners’ roles and responsibilities with emphasis on the situations that they may face.
From an instructional design context, here are a few strategies that can be used to make the courses engaging and lively.
Short videos - A video will be of high impact as they provide a great level of interaction and capture the learner’s attention. The real videos can be captured and woven to the context. Points such as how accidents occur and how to protect themselves can be highlighted and visually expressed through videos.
Real Images – Large, high-resolution images add a ‘realistic look’ to the course and give the learner a clear understanding of what can go wrong.
Avatar Approach – Guided learning is ideal when it comes to safety training. Digital characters can be used to introduce the causes or hazards and guide the learners throughout the training, generating a “bond” with them.
Scenarios - Scenarios are used to introduce risk-based situations to employees, help them to identify threats, and encourage them to think of the best possible solutions. The background for each of these scenarios must be woven based on incidents or accidents that happened earlier.
Gamification: It is the most engaging form of digital learning, as it encourages more learner involvement by generating a sense of competitiveness. The game themes can be drawn out of the learning content to make it more relevant.
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Audio Narration - Audio narration is the backbone of your safety training. All your efforts of making the course effective may go in vain if the narration isn’t conversational in nature. It is recommended that you use a friendly tone for the narration.
That’s it; you are now ready with engaging training courses. However, these courses in English may not be successful in guiding your learners on the safety concepts for the simple reason that English is not a language close to their heart.
People respond or get connected quickly to the one who is conversing in their language. Translation of training courses creates a sense of belonging and will have better impact.
Certification and Maintaining Records:
Online training medium allows you to track the completion of safety training courses using a Learning Management System (LMS). Once learners complete the final quiz and attain the pass mark, they will get the certification. These scores and certification will be tracked in the LMS. The performances of all the employees can be generated in the form of reports.
The safety regulators, such as OSHA, accept the safety course completion reports generated by the LMS as evidence of delivery of the safety training program.
Safe culture can be fostered through well-designed training courses, which eliminate risks, safeguard lives, and improve productivity. E-learning allows you to implement successful training programs. How do you impart safety training in your organization? We would love to hear your experiences.
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