Each year millions of people get injured or die due to the risks that occur in workplaces. An estimation by the US Department of labor stated that organizations spend about 1 billion dollars as compensation per week to their employees due to safety-related causalities.
Not just the compensations, organizations also have to face legal obligations if they don’t train their employees on safety-related aspects.
Understanding these serious consequences and at the same time to keep their training costs minimum, many organizations are opting eLearning to impart safety training to their employees.
But the courses like safety training can’t be just the online version of classroom training materials. It should create ambience such that even a self-paced learning module should be engaging as classroom training. It should create awareness among the employees and bring in an immediate change in their behavior. Therefore, these courses should be designed effectively keeping the learners in mind; otherwise, it may not be adequate.
One of our clients, a leading manufacturing company approached us to develop an online safety training course for their employees. As an instructional designer, I would like to share my experience in developing that online course.
Strategies used to build safety training course:
The inputs provided by the client were text heavy and described various incidents that occur in the workplace without any background data. So we had to be very careful while designing the online training courses on safety. These are the different strategies that we have used to make the course effective and engaging.
The incidents were explained using scenarios. As they would keep the learner connected and also helps him understand the concept easily. In the scenario, an avatar would narrate the incident and the dos and don’ts that an employee has to follow when he comes across such a situation.
Depicting a lot of text on screen would bore a learner; so the text was chunked meaningfully and placed in the interactivities, to make the course engaging. Appropriate images were used wherever required as they help a learner to remember concepts for a long period of time.
Various safety training videos were embedded into the course; the video described various precautions an employee needs to take while working. Safety videos can also be used to present the labels-hints to risks and how an employee can use those labels to improve their workplace safety.
Assessments were included at the end of the course to help the learner retain his understanding. Interactive assessments based on the safety concepts were designed and included in the course to make the learning engaging and relevant.
We used Articulate Storyline to develop the course as it comes with inbuilt characters for designing scenarios, interactivities and customizable templates to develop a visually appealing course.
Organizations can greatly benefit by imparting effective safety training as it can ensure employee safety and also there will be no legal liabilities, less property damage and many more.
The use of scenarios, interactivities and assessments can ensure that the actual message is reached to the target audience. This was my experience in developing a safety-based training course. Do share if you have any similar experience.