From a article by Gino Hitshopi:
Everyone knows or is at least familiar with health and safety training at work, but not everyone is familiar with health and safety e-learning. What is this and how does it differ from the conventional training? Essentially the training provided in both of these packages is the same but the way you learn about them When staff are given these training opportunities it is up to the staff to ensure that they take the training seriously.
The health and safety e-learning will pose a few challenges to staff as the process does not involve an instructor and a lot of the work is done on the candidates own time. The e-learning courses usually entail learning about the importance of health and safety at work, reporting incidences, recognising risks in the work environment, use of visual display units and fire safety. Each of these are normally taught on a normal training course, however further emphasis is given on the legal regulations.
Generally health and safety e-learning allows for a much more interactive training allowing people to have an engaging approach to health and safety matters.
Staff can use their own experiences in the work environment through looking at possible scenarios, solutions and predictable situations. However, employers and trainers can track the progress of the staffs learning, giving them the control to assess their understanding over the subject and keep up to date with how much of the course content has been completed.
Monitoring staffs progress in health and safety training will keep the company covered in terms of showing that you took reasonable steps to train staff and kept them prepared. This will further save you enough money from possible fines etc.
Businesses can lose millions of pounds from simple issues such as staff sickness, damages and injuries. From a business point of view it is best to keep on top of the training and be sure to train each member of staff.
The advantages of e-learning are that the training is consistent and constantly available where staff can refer back to whatever points they need to. Furthermore this is a cost effective approach to delivering training for staff, the delivery is communicated in an engaging way and can be delivered to a much larger audience.
Learn about Barringtons Work Health and Safety Online Induction Training here.
Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons