Health and safety e-learning — necessity or an employee’s nightmare?

November 5, 2019 Izabella Juchowska

What do you associate with words “safety training”? Hundreds of screens showing definitions longer than the flight from Earth to the moon? Incomprehensible examples that would be difficult to find in everyday life? Infantile quiz questions that cause immediate irritation? Sounds like the nightmare of every trainee. And unfortunately, it often exists in practice.

But can it be done differently?

You gotta do what you gotta do

Health and safety training is a compulsory course, regulated by law, and let’s face it — whether we like it or not — every employee must complete it. We assume that during such courses, the trainees should become familiar with information that’ll allow them to work safely, comfortably, and with an awareness of their rights and obligations (their own and their employer’s). However, as it happens in life, anything that’s obligatory often creates resentment from the very start. When designing an e-learning health and safety training, there’s no chance that there’s even one employee who will joyfully run to a computer to absorb the fascinating knowledge offered by a health and safety course.

We’re not knights-errants

We don’t tilt at windmills and we won’t convince you that safety training is as sweet as honey, because each of us — the course creators — had to complete it at some point. So, we know all the maladies of this type of solution from the autopsy; boring and lengthy definitions, useless information, important content hidden among such a huge pile of filler content that you can’t even see them.

What’s our idea?

We wanted to do it differently — for others and for ourselves. We decided to turn a long chain of slides into an accessible source of knowledge. We said goodbye to Flash and replaced it with Rise, which resembles a website, and so is very intuitive to use. Thanks to Rise, you no longer have to listen to the many hours of the narrator’s monologue, reading every command with reverence, thus extending the length of the course and the time you spend completing it. We’re convinced of the honesty of this approach — we don’t want to create additional screens that state the obvious, but to present and organize knowledge that’ll actually prove useful. Instead of outlandish examples (or lack of them), there are situations and case studies that really explain difficult topics. And all this is intertwined with interesting facts that show how health and safety can be useful at work (and in life).

Examples?

  • You’ll follow the trial against the Royal Opera House, which had to pay compensation for hearing damage.
  • You’ll find out what the outcome of the fire that started at one of the Woolworths stores in Manchester was.
  • You’ll solve quizzes that’ll require you to do more than responding “yes” or “no” to the question “Is it the employee’s primary duty to follow health and safety rules?”
  • You’ll watch videos explaining first aid rules.
  • You’ll learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to maternity and parental leave.

Work safely!

Remember that the purpose of health and safety training is not to bore employees to their limit or to cause post-training trauma, which comes to the surface not only in dreams but also in words: “Health and safety training is a nightmare!” After all, it’s all about keeping them safe. Your employees may not remember the detailed definition of ergonomics, but they’ll know how to organize their workplace in such a way, that their spine will thank them for it. Maybe they won’t “click through” the dozens of points discussing firefighting equipment, but they’ll find out where the fire extinguisher in their room is.

Let’s tame the health and safety course together — let it no longer be a collection of Very Important Content, but practical knowledge that’ll make your employees aware of possible threats and show how to prevent them.

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