Safety training isn’t just mandatory—someone’s life could depend on it.
In the U.S. alone, private industry employers reported 2.6 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021. On its own, that number can be hard to fathom. But each one of those workers is also a friend, family member, colleague or combination of the three.
Safety training can’t eliminate workplace injuries, but it can help prevent them. Yet many companies today are using outdated methods that limit training’s frequency, relevance and accessibility. Another limiting factor of traditional in-person safety training: the cost associated with it.
Enter online or blended learning. Using technology like a learning management system (LMS) can help you modernize and scale your safety training programs.
In this article, we’ll illustrate how delivering your safety training online using an LMS can help reduce costs and enable you to scale and deliver it whenever and however you need it.
Reducing Safety Training Costs
The cost of traditional, in-person safety training can vary depending on several factors, including the industry, size of the company and frequency of the training.
Most companies spend in the following categories:
- employee and contractor travel
- facility rental
- physical materials and resources
- accommodation costs
Not only do these costs fluctuate depending on location and attendance, they also recur every time you need to run a training session. That limits most companies in how often they can provide training sessions, opting instead to hold fewer mandatory sessions to drive the cost per attendee down.
An LMS has its own costs, but they tend to be fixed. You typically pay a set cost per user, regardless of how often they use the platform. That means employees can return to the well as often as they need until their learning is satisfied.
Scaling Safety Training
In-person training costs can be prohibitive as your organization gets bigger. Growth can mean more travel and accommodation costs, more frequent facility rentals, higher catering costs, more physical materials or some combination of those.
In-person costs can bloat and jump as you hit employee thresholds. Once you factor in national or international growth, these costs can skyrocket even further. Now compare that to the fixed, per-employee cost of an LMS that is easy to predict and budget for.
Scaling safety training with an LMS means you can get more employees trained and operating safely. No matter how much you grow, you’ll be equipped for your organization’s safety training needs of the future.
Safety Training When You Want, Not Just When You Need
Safety training is a big deal and should be treated as such, but not because it’s a huge production every time it needs to get done.
Having on-demand safety training means you can give your employees the training they need whenever they need it. That means no more waiting for a group big enough to justify the cost. It also means employees can easily fit it into their schedule and your company doesn’t have to plan training around other goals and commitments.
Plus, the ability to schedule smaller groups means it’s easier to ensure employees learn collaboratively and facilitate more effective conversation and teamwork. That means the safety training you deliver will still be engaging and effective, with the added benefit that employees won’t have to wait to take it. You could be keeping people safe more quickly and for less.
Building a Safer Workforce Without the Price Tag
Online safety training comes with many of the same benefits as in-person training, plus a few of its own.
If safety, agility and cost are important to you, consider adopting an LMS to deliver your workforce’s safety training needs. Your employees, clients and shareholders will thank you.
Want to learn more? Read how Energy Safety Canada has delivered its safety course to over 100,000 energy workers using D2L Brightspace.
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Learning doesn’t end at graduation. At Energy Safety Canada, ongoing learning contributes to something even more important than organizational success—the safety of the energy workers it serves and supports.
Chase Banger is a Content Marketing Specialist at D2L. An award-winning journalist and former communications specialist, he has a passion for helping people through education.
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