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 safetyaspects and avoiding the financial costs related toaccidents and occupational ill health. These trainings are most effective when immediately incorporated into standard operating procedures, workplace practices, and individual job performance requirements.
Over the last 15 years, many companies have been using e-learning to impart health and safety training. This is because the online training medium is highly flexible and cost-effective. It is estimated that e-learning helps cut the cost of delivering health and safety training by at least 50%. Furthermore, it is easy to track the completion of safety training courses using a Learning Management System (LMS). Many safety regulators such as OSHA accept the safety course completion reports generated by the LMS as evidence of delivery of the safety training program.
One of our clients wanted to create an engaging e-learning course on health and safety.The course was for the benefit of field employees. The objective of this e-learning was to develop awareness on the topics ofsafety, health responsibilities and accident prevention. In this post, we willlook at how to design an engaging e-learning on health and safety training.
Video to deliver CEO’s message
A video will be of high impact, especially whenit contains the speech of the CEO.We included a video in which the CEO shared the importance of safety and how it benefits both employees and the organization. Also, a few incidents of injuries in the past and evidence of how the number of incidents has decreasedas a result of training were shown.
The ‘what, why, and how’ approach to teach concepts
The content included different concepts such as ergonomics, women safety, driving safety,and so on.So we adopted the ‘what, why, and how’ approach for each topic, for instance, to teach learners about riding and driving ergonomics.First,we provided information on ‘what is ergonomics’and then‘why is it important’That is,we showed how incorrect driving postures could make us vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders and then ‘how we can avoid such situations’.
Also, interactive formative assessments were added throughout the course to break the monotony of graspingthe content. Score and time were added to bring in a competitive spirit among the learners.
3D animated humanoids to create interest
With regard tothe visual aspects of e-learning, 3D-animated humanoidscan be used. That’s a way to add human touch to the otherwise dry e-learning courses. Also, as these courses are for a global audience, using these humanoids would eliminate cultural bias. For instance, considering the same riding ergonomics topic, to teach the tips on two-wheeler riding ergonomics, we used a character to ride a two wheeler. Clickable hotspots were used to explain the tips.
To conclude, these are some of the instructional and visual approaches to build an interesting and engaging course on health and safety.