The number of workers in the US who speak Spanish as a primary or even a sole language is large and is growing.
As a result, trainers who don’t speak, write, or understand Spanish often struggle to communicate with those workers. And that inability to communicate can have serious negative consequences for organizations, trainers, and employees, including creating serious safety risks.
And don’t forget that it’s an OSHA requirement that safety training be provided in a language the employee can understand.
Although there’s no one simple solution to this issue, one way to address it is to use online safety training at work that’s multi-language, allowing the worker to select the language they’d prefer to complete the training in.
In the article below, we’ll talk you through that a little more.
As we mentioned, having online safety training in Spanish and other languages can really help deliver your safety training message to all employees, not just those who speak English.
But what exactly does that mean? Let’s consider a few key points.
Obviously, you’ll want the spoken words in the audio narration to be Spanish.
For example, consider this short sample from our Spanish language online safety training course for ladder safety, below.
In addition to the spoken words in the audio narration, you’ll want words that appear on the screen for labels, pointers, and reminders to be in the Spanish language as well.
You can see an example of that in the image below, taken from our online compressed gas cylinder training course.
For another example, check out the words on the screen that appear (in Spanish!) during the short sample of our overhead crane operational safety online training course, below.
Online safety training courses often ask employees practice questions every so often as a way for the employees to (a) check their own understanding, (b) know what the truly key safety issues presented in the course are, and (c) prepare for the final, scored test at the end.
You’ll want these questions to be in Spanish, as well, as shown below in the screen grab from our online compressed gas cylinder training course.
Of course, you’ll want the questions and answers options for the scored test at the end of the online safety training test to appear in Spanish, too–see an example below, again taken from our from our online compressed gas cylinder training course.
And finally, you’ll want the course navigation instructions to appear in Spanish also, so the worker knows how to play and navigate the online safety training course. An example is shown below, showing the beginning screen of our online compressed gas cylinder course.
Here’s another example, showing the Spanish-language menu system for navigation.
And here’s a final example, showing the Spanish language instructions for launching the test at the end of the course.
So those are some of the things you should be thinking about while looking for Spanish-language online safety training courses. Hope that helps, and let us know if you have other questions.
We hope this gives you a better idea of how to use Spanish language online safety training at work and what exactly it means for online safety training to “come in Spanish.”
If you’re curious to see the online safety training courses we offer in Spanish, please see our multi-language training page. At present, the courses we offer in Spanish include the following:
PLUS, these additional paper manufacturing online training courses are also available in Spanish:
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