Although mandatory, rarely does safety training take precedence over leadership training or whatever training is required, by an individual, to climb the corporate ladder. Is this sheer stupidity on the part of humans? Is it our addiction to always ride the “ragged edge of disaster” that makes us take safety training lightly? Perhaps it is just that our safety training programs are not exciting enough and are therefore a failure. What are we doing wrong? Is online safety training a solution?
Though safety is of paramount importance, safety training is seldom received with enthusiasm in organizations. Employees get bored and display a lack of interest toward workplace safety. So, how do you engage your employees, making them comply with workplace safety policies and procedures?
Workplace safety is of paramount importance as it directly affects the lives of your employees. Due to negligence of safety rules, every year many people suffer from injuries, and some unfortunate ones even face fatalities. Such incidents deter new talent from joining your company, and cause insecurity in existing ones. This can cause a severe drop in your organization’s skilled workforce and thus hamper productivity. Although not as precious as human life, lack of safety can also cause potential damage to highly sophisticated and expensive machinery. Hence, ensuring workplace safety and its 100% compliance is the prime responsibility of an employer.
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.