As most of the time is spent at the workplace, it has become a second home to many employees. So, it is the primary responsibility of an employer to ensure that their workplace is free of risks and accidents. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has made it obligatory for organizations to conduct safety training to all the employees. It aims to prevent workplace injuries and deaths and has set a few safety regulations on the employers and employees, which has to be followed strictly. Thus, to forego the wide range of negative costs and effects resulting from accidents, organizations are investing in safety training.
Various methods to deliver safety training
Methods of delivering safety training have included lectures, seminars, pamphlets, and so on – all of these techniques have proven to be beneficial to some extent. But with the technological advances in the training industry, traditional formats have become less viable. Blended learning approach that combines classroom and online learning is one way to bring about change in performance of the employees. Here employees learn partly from online training and partly from classroom training, but training must be repeated for every new employee. With regard to safety training, all safety-related concepts and demonstrations can be learned through classroom training, whereas guidelines and regulations can be learned through online training.
E-learning – the viable option for safety training
The most effective training is the one that engages learners and helps them retain knowledge gained even after a year or so. The more the engagement, the greater the effects of the training. E-learning courses are cost effective, self-paced, relevant, and always at the learner’s disposal. The added advantage is that training can happen across multiple locations and it’s a one-time cost for the organization. Research has also shown that online learning or e-learning is the latest, cost-effective, and learner-centric method of delivering safety training that is used globally to train employees. According to Towards Maturity, about 98% of organizations want technology-enabled compliance training to help manage risk more successfully.
Critical elements to vitalize safety training
To make the online training highly interactive and engaging, it is important that a few elements are used.
Videos: Videos are informative and visually elevate the content in a course. They provide a great level of interaction and capture the learner’s attention. But, merely embedding a video into the e-learning course doesn’t serve the purpose of effective learning. The video has to be woven into the e-learning course with some additional information. Video is a powerful way to educate learners on correct manual handling techniques. With support from the client, we got some videos created and edited and used them in the course for maximum learner engagement. If you want to know more how to design a video for safety training, check this blog.
Infographics: The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ means to convey a message using one picture. The main purpose of an infographic is to represent complex and large amount of information clearly in a way that it is understood at a glance. This is an excellent way to improve retention of information. For example, in order to demonstrate the PASS technique to extinguish fire, an infographic supported by a small explanation through audio can be used.
Avatars: The use of avatars makes the course engaging and effective for the learners and provides the much needed excitement to take on the course. Avatar can be used to guide learners on the right postures and also to give warnings on how to be cautious. The course can be made visually rich by using multiple vector images to show the right and wrong postures (Dos and Don’ts).
With the advent of new technology, authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline help develop highly effective safety courses in quick time with minimum effort. This incredible rapid authoring tool helps you develop interactive safety training courses that create an excellent learning experience.
Any business safety need can be addressed with the implementation of a proper training. E-learning is a cost effective and learner centric tool to train the global audience with relevant information to ensure that their workplace is free of risks and accidents.