Proper safety instruction for employees should be everybody’s concern. If your staff operates in moderate to high risk work environments, safety training needs to be a priority. Although similar to compliance training, safety training could be said to be the foundation on which compliance is built.
One of the best methods for a group to offer company-wide safety training in an efficient and cost effective manner, is to employ custom eLearning programs. The convenience of such an information delivery system, especially to companies with staff out in the field, is unsurpassed. With the ability to deliver on the spot, up-to-date training to employees on their mobile devices, online training represents both flexibility and ease of use.
Safety training can be as simple as educating office workers on the location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits and fire drill routes. It can conversely be complicated enough to require certain individuals at work to be specifically certified in vital areas of safety. Some of these specialty positions may include such functions as fire marshal, eye wash station attendants (trained in dealing with chemical or poisoning incidents), or people with formal CPR and first aid training.
Many safety training fundamentals can be specific to certain industries and may not be found universally in all sectors of the workforce. This again is where custom E-learning safety courses can benefit a company. Because they are custom, they can not only be modified to meet industry specific regulations, they can be tailored to be company and employee specific as well.
Where Safety Training Is Needed
Although safety training is standard operating procedure in most areas of professional and industrial operation, it still remains something of a challenge in certain situations to convince everyone involved to take safety training seriously. Wilful or unconscious lack of awareness and dearth of compliance exists everywhere but can be found most consistently in the following three areas of operation.
High Risk Industries
These are industries that truly represent dangerous operating environments where employees are daily exposed to “the peril of life and limb,” such as roughnecks out in the Gulf. As a direct result of the heavy nature of the work, these industries attract mostly young men.
Unfortunately, safety might not be a priority to this particular demographic, owing to youths’ notorious “bulletproof” attitude. Many young men falsely believe that no matter what, nothing bad can ever happen to them. Safety training is ignored or “laughed off” as corny, unnecessary and a waste of time.
By implementing custom E-learning courses in high risk environments, companies can improve on safety awareness by providing a mobile learning program that is convenient and infinitely more progressive than hours-long classroom-style seminars. By engaging young people at the level of their technology, of which they are notoriously fond, the chances that they will participate in and benefit from the safety training will be greatly enhanced.
Certain industries and businesses are perceived to be hazard-benign. They are places where employees are perceived to be under no threat of danger or risk while on duty. This is of course most commonly found in office settings and in the white collar world. Employees come to work well dressed in designer clothes and high heels. How could a workplace possibly represent any kind of threat to the individual employee when everyone looks so sharp?
In many of these scenarios, safety training is regarded as only relevant for guys with lunch buckets and hard hats. It is very often found in these situations that safety training, although required, is ignored and relegated to the dustbin of “not applicable to us.”
Employing an E-learning safety training program in an office environment, is once again sound planning for a company seeking to augment their safety guidelines. In a computer-filled workplace, employees will have instant access to the online training courses.
Included here would be many trades such as commercial printing, that employ experienced individuals who have moved through the apprentice ranks into the relative “safety” of trademasters and foremen. Many times these industries hold some risk to the individual, although employees may not necessarily be placing their lives in peril every time they clock in.
Although light manufacturing probably represents the most safety conscious of the three fields, there remains a tendency to regard the environment with a false sense of safety. Many individuals in this area still view safety training as superfluous and slightly stodgy. An E-learning safety training course instituted in this case would be beneficial to a company by appealing to a technically proficient, highly skilled labor force, familiar with navigating the digital world.
When it comes to the topic of safety training, the modern workplace still has some distance to travel in order to bring everyone up safety code. Customised online safety training programs are a good place to start. But just how can we convince employees that it is vital to follow through with and actively participate in, the practice of safety training? The answer to that question, is “compliance.”
In a Venn diagram, this now would be the area where “safety training” and “compliance training” would intersect. It is an engaging and vital topic that needs to be explored on a more thorough basis. If interested, more information on compliance be found in our blog post titled