Safety Training with Articulate Storyline

Safety Training with Articulate Storyline

Safety Training With Articulate Storyline

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According to OSHA, each year approximately 6,000 employees in the U.S die due to workplace injuries, while another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to workplace hazards. In addition, 6 million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries, at an annual cost of more than $125 billion to U.S. businesses.

OSHA also estimates that the implementation of Safety Training programs, will reduce injuries by 15 to 35 percent. Safety training at the workplace is essential for employees, in ensuring safety and preventing workplace risks. Let’s look at why scenario based training works well for safety training.

Scenarios for safety training

Regardless of how much online training an individual has received, one of the true measures of learner’s learning is whether or not, he/ she can apply what they have learned.

It is undeniable that  the workplace is prone to hazards and risks, which could escalate to an emergency. Scenario based training can equip workmen to face such emergencies

Scenarios are used for introducing risk-based situations, to employees. This can help them to identify the threats to safety and encourage them to think of the best possible practices, in the given situation.

In scenario based training, learners are presented with various scenarios. These scenarios simulate field settings, or office settings. The backgrounds for each of these scenarios will be taken from actual incidents, or accidents that happened earlier. Scenarios which emulate real life, in order to facilitate learning constructively, critique a learner performance without being judgmental.

There are many tools out there that facilitate scenario based learning and Articulate is an ideal tool for scenario based training. Let’s see why Articulate Storyline is an ideal tool for the purpose.

Characters for Building Scenarios

It is a nightmare for every designer, to get the right image,s with the right expressions, to develop lifelike scenarios. Articulate comes with many illustrated and photographic characters, with variations for each character. You can make more than 47,500 combinations of characters, expressions and poses for your course.

When you are designing a safety training course fora workman, insert images of a workman in different poses, throughout the course. Give the workman a name and put him/ her in different work related threats, that the learners are likely to face.


Articulate Templates for Scenario based safety training programs

Two People Scenario:

Where a Supervisor asks questions and the learner has options to choose from. On selecting the options, the learner is given feedback and more information.

Two People Scenario

Traditional Scenarios

Here we can give a typical real life scenarios, with 4 options and the user can select any one of the options. Let’s see a decision-making scenario that will ask the learner to respond to an emergency system.

You’re workman in a manufacturing company, you just noticed the fire break out at your workplace. Without further delay, how can you put off the fire?

1) Inform the supervisor

2) Get out of the place

3) Look for a fire extinguisher

4) Yell at the top of your voice

Traditional Scenarios

Object States: Another good way to give feedback in such cases, is by using real pictures and with expressions. This will immediately reinforce learning. You can use Object States Templates to give feedback.

Object States

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