When it comes to employee Safety Training, online delivery is often the most secure, consistent, easily-accessible and economical option for employers. Though it has various advantages when compared to classroom-based training, here are some of the top reasons for a company to switch to Online safety training:
5 Important Benefits of Online Safety Training
Online Training covers the same course content in half the time taken compared to classroom instruction, saving billable time for employers and increases the productivity of employees with less down-time. The amount spent on travel by the employee and trainer, training facilities, printing materials and equipment are saved. The discounts given on training large groups of employees brings down the cost even more. Once a training program is designed and implemented it can be used to train any number of employees, any number of times thus saving the amount spent on hiring a trainer each time.
Online training is always consistent with the information covered. With a traditional classroom instructor, there is often a deviation of course material and topics may be missed. Moreover, with online learning, the course content can be revised whenever required and it is immediately available to the employees, unlike the printed books used in traditional training. The quality of knowledge is not compromised and the same training is available to all the employees uniformly.
Convenience and Flexibility
Employees often find it difficult to undergo traditional training programs due to their hectic and rigid schedules. Most of the time employees are unable or unwilling to undergo such training or their daily work gets affected. On the contrary, online training is available anytime, anywhere, allowing the employees to take their training at their ease and convenience. Online training allows the employees to learn on a personal schedule which suits them best. The only resource needed is a network and a device to get connected. This freedom allows the training to be more effective, by drawing the full attention of the employees.
Ease of Access
The employee has the ease of access to their training program through any of the devices, a Laptop or Cell phone or a tablet which is ever available. They can take the training in their home or at workplace or in their leisure time or in a holiday whenever they are ready in low-stress environment of their choice.
Online training allows employees to learn in their own style and pace which helps them to get trained effectively. Whenever needed, they can revisit the areas of misunderstanding to have a thorough knowledge before assessment and reference the materials later on. This typically improves knowledge retention. Once an online course is over, the employees will receive immediate results and feedback on their performance, and they can even take the training again if needed. The employees can even track their progress time to time in between an ongoing training program.
If you or your company are looking for online safety training resources, here is a list of 1500+ courses from over 70 vendors (with Canadian and US course content). Should your company wish to build internal online courses or orientations, further information about a Learning Management Solution is complimentary to this article.
Notes for the reader:
Depending on the course, a legislative body (such as OH&S or OSHA) may indicate mandatory methods of completing the training. This could mean the course must be completed in a classroom by a specific 3rd-party vendor. As an example, local legislation may require the employer to perform ‘competency-assessments’ when there are hands-on skills related to the topic. This typically applies to ‘skills-related’ programs such as equipment training. Always refer to your local industry-association, governing body, safety counsel and/or legislative body to ensure your company is following best-practices for safety compliance training.
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