Online safety training can come in many forms. For example, it may mean watching a one-time, "live" webinar or a recorded, on-demand version of that webinar. Or it may mean watching a video online.
But another thing it may mean is watching and completing one or more elearning courses.
eLearning courses are unique animals because they allow for a lot more interactivity, including but not limited to online practice quizzes and scored online tests, than you can get with an online video or a recorded webinar, for example.
Another aspect of an eLearning course is that they're delivered through a learning management system, also known as an LMS. That combination of eLearning courses and an LMS gives a lot of additional power and flexibility.
We've already written about LMSs for safety training, so in this article, we'll focus on eLearning for safety training.
You might also find a LOT of stuff interesting and helpful on your online safety training search in the guide below.
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You can get eLearning courses on any number of EHS topics, such as HazCom 2012, lockout-tagout, machine guarding, and all the other safety topics you train on at work.
You're probably at least somewhat familiar with eLearning safety content. But if not, or if you're only slightly familiar, here are some features that eLearning courses tend to have:
Here's a quick example of some of the kinds of images a safety training elearning course can include:
Below is a list of just a few of the topics eLearning courses on safety and health can cover. Of course, you'd select courses to match your specific needs.
We'll call out some of the notable features in the various images to show some of the strengths of eLearning as we look at these samples.
In this image from a forklift safety elearning course, notice the powerful illustration of the stability triangle, something that's difficult to explain in real-life or video.
Want to see how that still image above of the forklift stability fits into the eLearning course it's from? Here's a one-screen sample of the course, below.
This Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety course can illustrate the hazards of a gas cylinder in a way that you can't do in real life, and wouldn't do in video either. But watching the cylinder shoot through a brick wall is an effective way to show employees the danger of a compressed cylinder missile hazard.
As before, here's a one-screen sample of the Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety elearning course that the image above was taken from.
This Back Injury Prevention course can show the spinal anatomy in a way that's impossible to do with other training methods.
Here's a one-screen sample of the Back Injury Prevention elearning course that the image above was taken from.
Now that you've seen a few examples of eLearning courses you could use in your own health and safety training program, let's look at some ways they can positively affect the ROI of your health and safety training program.
We've listed five reasons why the use of eLearning courses within your blended learning health and safety training program can help your bottom line. Again, we're sure there are more as well.
What are your thoughts? What other things could we add to this list?
For even more on this, read our 10 Benefits of Online Safety and Health Training article, based on real experiences from our real customers.
Something that not all people know, and that's worth calling out, is that you can make your own eLearning courses pretty easily. This means you can create custom, site-specific eLearning courses directly tailored to all your health and safety training needs.
That's great if you're in charge of health and safety training at a site. But it pays off even more if you're creating health and safety training at an enterprise level for many sites. You can create some "universal" health and safety training that applies to all sites, and then allow site-level safety personnel to supplement that with their own site-specific materials. That way your site-level safety people aren't continually creating the exact same training materials over and over again (by making one copy per site). And that can be a big savings once you consider all the health and safety training topics there are.
Want to know more about creating your own eLearning course? Here are some helpful resources:
Check some of these articles if you're hungry to learn more:
So there are some thoughts about what eLearning courses are and the benefits of using them in online safety training. We hope we've given you some ideas you can work with.
But what about you? What are your own thoughts? What did we miss? What would you add?
The comments field below eagerly awaits your input.