Employee health and safety constitute the most important aspect for organizations and that’s the reason they invest in health and safety training. Providing appropriate training will help in making employees competent in health and safety aspects and avoiding the financial costs related to accidents and occupational ill health. However, the moment you say health and safety training, the first thing that comes to your employees’ minds is boring slide turning courses with click on activities. So, how can you make your online health and safety training interactive, engaging, interesting and enjoyable?
Did you know that Great Britain has one of the best health and safety records in the world?
Here is an extract from workplace health and safety statistics for the year 2015-16 in Great Britain.
Serious accidents, loss of lives, irreparable damage to both lives and property, expensive litigations, and loss of licenses are all consequences of employees viewing safety training as flippant, farcical, and unimportant. Unless your employees pay attention to safety training, your organization could face one or more of these consequences. To make safety training effective, it must tap into the soul of your employees – not only because it would resonate with them, but because this resonance will lead to retention of important information and the learning of skills, that could one day prevent a terrible incident at the workplace. Videos, unlike other forms of training, can do this successfully. Here are 3 reasons that prove it:
According to a joint study by the University of Texas and the New Mexico State University, delivering safety training through mobiles has shown positive results. As part of the study, safety training was delivered to 330 workers in remote dairy farms, across Texas and New Mexico, using mobile devices, for 10 months. Mobile learning courses were delivered in English and Spanish to help workers understand safety concepts in their native language.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
How can you ensure that there are no mishaps at the workplace? What does it take to ensure a safe working environment? Educating your employees on the potential risks and imparting effective training on the safety practices and procedures to be followed, will help you achieve this.
Organizations generally conduct safety trainings as one-off annual events and don’t plan for training sessions on-site. They provide safety manuals, but employees often do not read them as they are lengthy, dull, and employees are hard pressed for time. For such employees, delivering content in digestible and specific nuggets on their mobile devices will help. This method of delivering training content is called Microlearning.
According to BLS 2014 workplace fatality preliminary data, on about 8 million worksites around the nation, on an average, almost 90 employees a week or more than 13 workplace deaths per day occurred in 2014.
Do you know how much US organizations spent in the year 2012 on workers compensation due to workplace injuries and illnesses? According to the Liberty Mutual Work Place Safety Index, it is sixty billion dollars.
According to the 2013 Work Place Safety Index, released by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, organizations paid about 55.4 billion dollars as compensation to the employees who were down with injuries and illnesses at the workplace, in the year 2011. So, how can you ensure the safety of your staff members? Well, training your people on safety norms and procedures goes a long way in reducing accidents at work and ensures their well-being.
Several organizations use eLearning to impart safety training to their workforces because this training medium enables them to provide the necessary knowledge and skills very quickly, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. But, how can you make the best use of the digital training format?