When your company is evaluating its high-consequence safety training courses, you’ll be asked to balance a number of different factors. How can you deliver training efficiently without compromising on quality? Can you save money along the way? What’s the most versatile option?
Online safety training can give you the best intersection of these factors. In this article, we’ll look at five of the benefits that can come with moving your safety training online.
1. Reduce Costs
By moving safety training online, you can reduce or eliminate many of the costs associated with in-person employee training, including:
- production and shipping of training materials
- facility rental, meals and other venue costs
- travel, accommodation and catering expenses for both instructors and employees
- lost deposits or hotel attrition fees because of event or participant cancellation
Payroll is another important consideration. In many cases, your company will need to compensate employees for the time they spend getting to and participating in training. Online programs can be delivered more efficiently, and they can reduce the variable costs associated with things such as travel.
2. Save Time
Completing safety training online means employees can spend less time away from the job site, so they can get back to work faster. It also streamlines course delivery and administration by helping your teams:
- track who needs training and when
- monitor progress and completion
- update records and compliance reports
With these tasks off their plates, your teams can concentrate on designing and delivering optimal training experiences for your employees.
3. Scale Programs More Easily
As the need for safety training grows, companies need to find ways to help their programs reach as many people as possible in as many places as possible. Offering training online can help facilitate this.
Logistically, you can respond to an increase in demand without going through the hassle of booking space, coordinating caterers and shipping materials. If employees have a laptop and an internet connection, they can complete the training wherever they are.
You can also standardize training content and experiences at scale. Instructors can easily deploy global updates for all users. This can help make your company more agile in the face of new regulations, innovations and disruptions—whether you need to add to an existing course or ramp up a new one.
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4. Use Custom and Off-the-Shelf Content
Even with in-person training, it’s rarely a case of only one type of content or the other. Usually, your company will want to leverage a blend—authoring its own unique, in-house courses and pulling in off-the-shelf content from trusted providers that meet the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.
But delivering safety training online can help streamline the process in two important ways:
- It makes for a more consistent and cohesive experience for employees, trainers and administrators since all the materials coexist in a branded ecosystem.
- You may also be able to take advantage of partnerships and integrations your technology vendor already has set up with content providers. This means your company doesn’t have to dedicate resources toward building them.
5. Stay Compliant and Keep People Safe
Saving money and time, scaling quickly and streamlining content delivery are valuable and important outcomes, but your goal is making sure people have the knowledge they need to stay protected. Programs need to have safety at their core to be truly successful.
Offering safety training online often means a shorter gap between when someone learns a concept and when they can apply and practice it on the job. Online proctoring can also maintain the integrity of the training and testing process, helping you make sure the right people are taking the right training at the right time.
Advance Safety in the Workplace With Online Safety Training
Developing an online-first approach to safety training can benefit your company in several ways. It can help you make more strategic and focused use of your financial and personnel resources, enable you to better adapt to innovations and disruptions, and foster a culture of proactive workplace safety.
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Haley Wilson is a Content Marketing Manager at D2L, specializing in the corporate learning space. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph as well as a Master of Arts focused in history from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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