Manual handling is the most routine cause of injuries at workplace, irrespective of the type of organization. According to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), injuries due to manual handling account for 33% of all accidents reported every year.
Manual handling doesn’t just mean moving a load; it also covers lifting, holding, and pushing and pulling loads. Any improper handling can leave employees with musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue and injury of back, neck, shoulders, or other body parts.
Although the employers are not directly responsible for these injuries, they too are affected when employees are affected with injuries due to manual handling. Employee sick leaves, compensations or sometimes permanent loss of skilled workers leave the employers in great anxiety. Understanding this urgency, companies are increasingly getting involved in creating awareness and also in implementing training programs. However, these issues continue to exist because employees are not inspired to pay attention to these training programs. Training programs are so basic, routine, and boring that they fail to capture the attention of the employees. How can we handle this situation?
To offer engaging and interesting training courses is one of the most effective ways of tackling this situation. The basic aspects of a training program must be shown in an appealing manner. In this blog, I would like to share my experience of working on three manual handling courses.
Manual Tasks Course:
This course was designed to give an overview of how injuries related to manual tasks occur and the process of risk management. We used 3D images to show the types of injuries. Stick figures in black and white colors were created to represent manual handling activities.
Video is a powerful way to educate learners on correct manual handling techniques. With support from the client, we got some videos created and edited and used them in the course for maximum learner engagement.
Ergonomics in Practice course:
This course was designed to provide an overview of the ergonomics involved in the workplace. It included examples and practical activities to assist employees of different departments to apply what they learned in the workplace. There were different roles and activities pertaining to the roles to be covered in the course. Hence, we used high-resolution real images to show the types of risks that are likely to occur in each of the job roles. Real images give a professional look to the course and also a perception to the learners, that somebody from among their colleagues is performing that particular activity. This will bring out about the needed focus in learners.
We have used different types of interactivities, slide shows, drop downs, click to explore, click on tabs, and so on and by allowing them to practice, we ensured that learners remained engaged and engrossed in the course till its completion.
Material Handling Ergonomics
This course was done to provide an overview on the ergonomics of the workplace. We used an avatar for this course named “Tracy.” This avatar guided the learners on the right postures and also gave warnings on how to be cautious. We created multiple vector images and animated them to show the right and wrong postures (Dos and Don’ts).
Short videos with animations were used. The course was made visually rich by the inclusion of appropriate audio.
Effective courses can surely bring changes in a learner’s behavior, thereby improving your training outcomes. But as we know, good e-learning courses can be made effective by using appropriate instructional and visual strategies.
These were some strategies that we used to bring life to the courses. Do share if you have any similar experiences. We would love to hear from you.