According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), safety training programs should be implemented across companies to reduce the injuries and deaths at workplace. However, in spite of the implementation of safety training programs in companies, injuries and accidents continue to happen. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3 million workers were injured in 2012. What could be the reasons? Could it be the adoption of ineffective training methods by companies?
Workplace disasters not only lead to loss of money for companies in the form of penalty or compensation but also result in loss of valuable life of employees and the happiness of their family members. Take a look on this research report of Liberty Mutual Research Institute For Safety (given below) and you will know the extent to which companies are losing money by paying compensation to the victims of workplace hazards.
These statistics clearly show that there is definitely a need for following OSHA’s standard of implementing effective safety training programs to reduce workplace disasters. In such a situation, effective methodologies like eLearning can be very suitable for safety training because they facilitate training to employees in a fast and cost-effective manner. Let us see the ways in which training methodologies like eLearning are effective.
1. Knowledge Retention
Several studies related to human memory reveal that people remember the concepts and ideas for a longer period of time when they are conveyed through graphics, videos, pictures etc., in comparison to long texts. Embedding critical real-life scenarios, short safety training videos etc., in eLearning courses can not only make the safety training interesting and enriching but also help employees to remember the essential points for a long time.
2. Convenient Access
It is natural on employees’ part to be less attentive towards safety measures at workplaces because they usually tend to pay more attention to details pertaining to their job, salary, increment, employer, etc. Here, eLearning training modules can be very helpful since they can be accessed anytime, anywhere conveniently, through the online and electronic medium.
Furthermore, as eLearning has now reached to mobile devices, employees can instantly access the byte-sized training modules and go through safety concepts and tips. This aspect of instant access to training modules is very much suitable for JIT training.
3. Translation of Training Courses in Native Languages
Let me ask you something. To which of these approaches will you become emotionally connected instantaneously – when somebody speaks to you in your own regional language or when another person tries to communicate with you in some other language that is not your own? Naturally, your heart will respond immediately to the one who is conversing in your own language!
The possibility of translating eLearning courses in almost 200 different native languages of the world can definitely help employees to connect with the training immediately because it creates a sense of belonging to their regional language.
4. Standardization of Training Program
Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, training programs need to be broken down to various sessions. In such a situation, eLearning can be very helpful in training employees in a consistent manner. Through eLearning, the whole training program can be standardized, which means all the sessions can be well connected with each other and presented in a proper sequence. This ensures the proper flow in the presentation of content, which is important to connect employees with the training program.
5. Appreciation of Different Learners’ Styles
eLearning courses are also intended to address different learners’ styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic as different people like to learn in different ways. Don’t we experience this in everyday life? Some learners like to listen to recorded audio sessions for gaining understanding of concepts, while others prefer watching training videos or going through pictures. And there are other learners who always like to perform some task or do some practical work to learn something.
Here, considering the type of training and different learning styles, effective media elements such as safety-related simulations, quiz-show games, case studies and scenarios related to safety concepts, etc., can be embedded to eLearning courses. This method of learning can help employees to remember and recollect important safety concepts as it is well known that knowledge gained through preferred medium gets stored in the memory faster.
Safety training is very important as it is concerned with one’s life. By choosing eLearning for safety training, companies can not only reduce workplace hazards but also save the costs associated with such hazards. What do you like to say about the effectiveness of eLearning in the area of safety training? We would really appreciate to hear from you. Please do share your views with us.