According to a joint study by the University of Texas and the New Mexico State University, delivering safety training through mobiles has shown positive results. As part of the study, safety training was delivered to 330 workers in remote dairy farms, across Texas and New Mexico, using mobile devices, for 10 months. Mobile learning courses were delivered in English and Spanish to help workers understand safety concepts in their native language.
Workers who took the safety training said that:
- It was engaging
- They could retain essential points for a long time
- They applied the best practices in their daily work
This case study shows that delivering safety training through mobiles brings effective results.
Here are seven reasons to make your safety training mobile-compatible.
1. Offers On-site Training
When safety training modules are available on mobiles, employees can access the training, even during their free hours. These modules help employees understand safety concepts and apply them well in regular work situations.
For example, if your employees are working in a hazardous area that contains radioactive substances, they can quickly access a mobile learning course on the necessary precautions, before entering this site.
2. Helps Blue-collared Workers
Safety training is a must for workers in manufacturing, construction, chemical, and related industries; however, some of the field workers in these industries may not be highly educated, though technically skilled. Such employees will find training that is more visual, effective.
Blue-collared workers prefer watching videos to reading. Understanding the operating procedures of complex machinery becomes easy when you show them, instead of explaining using text.
Mobile-compatible microlearning videos on safety procedures will serve the purpose and are also easy to access.
3. Lessens Cognitive Burden
Heavy training manuals and long hours of classroom sessions often discourage employees from taking up safety training.
Preparing bite-sized safety training modules and delivering them through mobiles will reduce the cognitive burden on your employees.
For example, safety precautions are very important for operators of heavy machinery in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Delivering microlearning videos on how to operate a crane, precautions to be taken while lifting weights, etc. will help them understand safety procedures easily.
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4. Facilitates Tracking and Reporting
Upload safety training modules on a mobile-compatible LMS and provide access to your employees. With m-learning courses on the LMS, the activity of employees will be tracked and you can also generate training reports. The number of employees who have taken the course, the number passed, their scores – all these details can be obtained in the form of reports.
5. Keeps Training Alive
Mobile safety training also works as a reinforcement tool to keep training alive. It refreshes memory as and when employees need, without extra costs and efforts. Deliver the best practices of safety through the mobile learning platform so that employees can retain knowledge in the long run.
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6. Makes Updating Training Easy
Earlier, employees had to wait until they received the latest version of a training on a hard drive or external memory devices. As a training manager, you can now update training easily, with automatic synchronization applications, to provide the same quality of safety training to all employees, irrespective of their location.
Safety training content used in mobiles – be it text, images or videos, are bite-sized, so updating them won’t take much time or efforts.
7. Minimizes Training Costs
Mobile safety training will cut down your employee training costs, gradually.
It won’t take your employees off work for training; hence, it will not affect productivity. You also save hefty logistics and transportation costs, as the training is delivered on their mobile devices.
It’s convenient and cost-effective to deliver safety training through mobile apps. Consider these seven compelling reasons to deliver safety training via Smartphones.