In a petrochemical organization, some contractors are working on an oil storage tank.
Bob, one of the contractors, newly joined this organization a couple of months back. To repair those oil tanks, a cold-cutting method was agreed between the safety officer and contractors.
Unfortunately, Bob does not know about cold cutting, and mistakenly deployed hot cutting at that particular storage site. Flammable vapors released from the storage site caused ignition and resulted in fire. Bob was hospitalized with severe fire injuries.
After reading about this tragedy, can you guess what went wrong for Bob? Annual figures (for the year 2013) released by HSE, indicates that:
- 1.1 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness
- 27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.8 billion
- 148 workers were killed at work
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) talks about the occupational safety and health standards and regulations in United States. It emphasized that employers of every organization should enforce safety standards for their employees through proper training, providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and others.
So, as a safety training manager, are you thinking of ways to reduce workplace accidents in your organization, meet the standard legal obligations, and curb the financial losses? If that be the case, there is no denying that a quality training program for your employees will enable them to keep at bay from all these hazards in workplaces.
But, there are some global constraints that act as a barrier for employees to take training. Some of the constraints are time constraints, unique way of learning for each employee, getting bogged down with too much information in a classroom training and so on and so forth.
How well can an eLearning training program fit into Safety Training?
The best of eLearning is its anywhere, anytime solutions. The eLearning program should be designed such that it delivers more information on the standard procedures and precautions to be followed in a workplace. From an instructional design context, you can use scenarios and real images or short videos and animations to make it visually attractive for the learners. With these interactivities, you can show the step-by-step procedure or a checklist to be followed.
Take the help of various authoring tools to make simple and effective online training programs within the given budget and timelines. To name a few, Flash can be used to demonstrate interactive animations, Adobe presenter for fast development, and Lectora for its mobile compatibility.
Make sure that your training program has a global reach. Safety training program should be translated in multiple languages so that fulfills the need of all employees across the globe.
Another thing that is to be taken care of is hosting safety courses in the LMS, so that employees can be evaluated and tracked based on the performance generated in the form of reports.
Thus, you can empower your employees in your workplace with eLearning and shield them from hazards that might run the risk of losing their lives.
And, what more, deploy eLearning solutions to save many Bobs from such catastrophic fire injuries.