According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), safety training programs should be implemented across companies to reduce injuries and deaths at the workplace. But, how can you deliver good safety training, at low cost? Well, you can use the online medium to equip personnel with the needed knowledge of safety policies and procedures, in a very cost-effective manner. Let us now see 7 instructional techniques to design an effective online course to deliver safety training.
An ice-breaker is a good way to start your safety training course and grab the attention of the learner. It can be used to ‘warm-up’ the discussion among the participants.
Scenarios are used for introducing risk-based situations, to employees, as they help them identify the threats to safety and encourage them to think of the best possible solutions, in a given situation. In scenario-based training, learners are presented with various scenarios. The background for each of these scenarios will be based on incidents or accidents that happened earlier.
Quizzes can be used to test the knowledge of the learner that has been gained during the program. You can present quiz questions using games, such as Hangman, very effectively. Most employees are familiar with these games, and they go a long way in emphasizing the importance of safety equipment and procedures to be followed.
Bite-sized videos can be used as reminders to follow safety procedures. Various safety procedures can be demonstrated in the form of videos. Videos add a ‘realistic look’ to the course and give the learner a clear understanding of various safety measures.
Stories are very effective tools to connect with your learners emotionally. You can use them to create a ‘high impact’ safety training course. For instance, you can base your online course on the story of a factory worker who has lost his limbs as a result of not adhering to the safety procedures.
Stories with animated characters transform a ‘dry’ safety training program into an engaging learning exercise.
6. Case studies
Case studies are very effective instructional tools to train workforce on safety. They enable them to understand why safety procedures are important, and this helps prevent their violation. For example, while designing a course on the norms stipulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you can include case studies of employees which violated these norms and as a result suffered serious injuries.
7. Infographic training do and don’ts
Info-graphics are very useful to present the dos and don’ts of safety in a visually appealing manner.
Thus, we see that these 7 instructional techniques can be used to develop a highly effective online course to deliver safety training. How do you use eLearning to impart safety training? We’d love to know.