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Technology-enabled Learning to Avoid OSHA Penalties

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Technology-enabled Learning to Avoid OSHA Penalties

OSHA penalizes organizations for violating workplace safety and health standards. Just recently, the Des Moines postal sorting facility was fined USD 25,000 as OSHA found that though safety measures were in place, employees were not trained adequately on the safety norms and procedures. You can avoid such penalties by using e-learning, a cost effective method for training your employees effectively. Let us look at how we can use e-learning for training your employees on safety norms.

Video-based Learning

Imagine watching a video with great simulations and an appealing storyline showing thestory of an employee forgetting to wear protective gear before handling equipment. Wouldn’t that stick into your mind whenever you come across such equipment? It is way more effective than just reading through rules asking you to wear protective gear. Videos can be used to show various workplace safety rules and regulations in creative ways. Even in the safety training courses, videos can be embedded, resulting in greater information retention by your employees.

One more creative way is to include foremen or managers showing how to wear the protective gear. This will not only impart knowledge but also create a sense of reality when your employees see their managers using the donningbefore handling the equipment. Not justfor training purposes,videos can also help you kick start your training program by helping you spread awareness about the importance of safety training.

Scenario-based Learning

Scenarios are another great way to help your employees learn, retain, and apply the knowledge intheir jobs. For instance, imagine taking a scenario-based safety course. In the scenario you see characters in a workplace and the fire alarm starts ringing. You need to get the characters out of the building safely. You also need to assess if the fire is small and can be extinguished with the help of fire extinguishers. Once you take decisions for the characters in the scenario, those decisions and the feedback will be imprinted in your mind increasing retention, improving your decision making capabilities. Employees taking scenario-based courses will also be able to apply what they have learned whenever a similar situation arises in their workplace.

Game-based Learning

Game-based learning as the name suggests,involves the usage of games or game-like elements to impart knowledge. This can be used to motivate your employees to take the course and learn about all the workplace safety rules and regulations. Imagine your employees taking a safety compliance course and they get a few points or badges or titles such as“Fast grasper”, Mr. Safe, etc. whenever they make the right decision. These badges or scores act as virtual incentivesto your employees.

Depending on your employees’ needs you can decidewhether your game-based courses need to have badges or scores or titles. Not only do they act as an incentive but also help instill a sense of healthy competition among your employees to perform better than their peers. Especially leaderboards help in creating a competitive spirit among your employees to better utilize and apply the knowledge, thus increasing the effectiveness of your safety compliance trainings.

As you can see, e-learning can not only reduce the burden, costs, and time of organizations but also increase the effectiveness, retention, and workplace applicability of the safety trainings given to your employees.

Why don’t you give it a try? Do share your experiences with us.

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