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The Benefits of Health and Safety eLearning

Posted by Tracy Seward

Health and Safety eLearning can benefit businesses in many ways. Part of your responsibility as a manager is to ensure that your staff is suitably trained, whether they are largely office based or located on an industrial or construction site. Delivering training to an entire workforce can be a daunting task but with suitable eLearning solutions, you can deliver your training online not only cost-effectively but conveniently too. In this post, we will look specifically at some of the many benefits of delivering your health and safety training online as opposed to using traditional, classroom learning.

 #1 Cost Effective

When it comes to health and safety training it is something that must be done. Whether you have to deliver sector-specific training, an entire course or awareness sessions, online training is one of the most effective methods of learning. Creating an online course will reduce many of the costs and difficulties that are often associated with classroom training such as developing learning materials and arranging venues, travel and catering to name a few. In addition, when you deliver a classroom-based course, it can prove very expensive to reprint materials or redesign your presentation to incorporate new legislation or reflect a new working practice or system. Online training will allow you to update important elements of the course both quickly and easily and you won’t have the associated printing costs. Return on Investment is one of the most significant benefits of health and safety eLearning.

#2 Better Performance, Productivity, and Increased Awareness

The goal of your safety training is to increase awareness and embed a safety culture across your entire workforce. Online training removes the barriers associated with classroom learning, one of which is that it is a time-consuming task taking employees away from their work at sometimes important points in a project. With a learning management system, employees can fully participate in online learning experience but at a time that is convenient for them. Delivering online learning will also allow employees to revisit courses or learning materials at any time to refresh their knowledge.

#3 Feedback

Online learning can improve knowledge retention and allows employees to receive real-time feedback on their progress during their online safety training. As everything is connected online, the management teams can also see who has completed the training and their progress. Furthermore, employees who may be struggling with certain elements of the training can receive access to tailored mentoring and/or support if this is needed.

#4 Personalised Training Experience

We all know that everyone learns differently. Even though all employees will have access to the same content, health and safety eLearning allows each employee to tailor the training experience to suit their preferred style of learning.  Due to greater flexibility, users can study in an environment where they feel comfortable which increases engagement with the materials. When employees are more interested in learning, they are more likely to engage with the course and be able to put what they have learned into practice.

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