According to OSHA, over 6000 employees die due to injuries that occur in workplaces. Employees work in hazardous situations where the chances of accidents occurring are high. Accidents take place because of lack of knowledge on safety procedures and precautions. Training employees about the risks and the precautions they need to follow would help in averting accidents. Organizations are choosing the eLearning method to train their employees because it is not only cost-effective but also enables learning in a self-paced way.
Generally, people tend to neglect basic and mandatory aspects of anything that they are required to know because they find such information routine and boring; so it is essential to deliver such content in an interesting way. Here are a few strategies that I have used in developing such engrossing courses.
Elements used in developing a course:
Use of Scenario:
Scenarios play a major role in safety training courses. Scenarios are an effective way to showcase real-life situations. They allow you to introduce risk-based situations and present the learners with an environment related to their job environment. For example, scenarios can be used to train employees on how to handle machines in a manufacturing company.
The various safety procedures can be shown using videos. Videos make the situation look real and give the learner a clear understanding on various safety measures that need to be followed. For example, safety videos can be used to present the labels-hints to risks and how an employee can use those labels to improve their workplace safety.
Use of Images:
It is undeniable that people tend to remember more when they see than when they read; so making use of appropriate images is very important, as they help a learner to remember the concept for along period.
For example, the various unsafe acts and unsafe conditions that can occur in a work area can be represented using images.
The do’s and don’ts that an employee needs to take care of can be given in the form of checklists. These downloadable and printable job-aids help a learner to recall the knowledge. For example, a checklist of certain safety measures on how to prevent accidents can be provided.
These are some ways that help in developing effective safety training courses. What do you think? Please do share if you would like to add to the list.