Three techniques for effective health and safety employee training
It goes without saying that health and safety is more of an issue for some organisations than for others. It’s fair to say that your average construction worker faces more potential hazards in the workplace than someone whose role is office-based.
All roles come with some element of health and safety risk, though, and that risk isn’t just to employee welfare, but to an organisation’s regulatory compliance and reputation as well. Fortunately, organisations can protect both their employees and themselves from risk by ensuring that employees know and fully understand health and safety requirements. There are a variety of health and safety employee training techniques that are used to help do this.
Spaced Repetition learning is based on the principle that we learn information better if we are exposed to it repeatedly in bite-sized pieces, with the need for exposure reducing over time until the information simply becomes retained knowledge. For health and safety training, this has the benefit of not overloading learners with too much information in one go, repeatedly reinforcing knowledge and refreshing knowledge over longer periods.
Certainty Based Marking
Certainty Based Marking is an approach to multiple-choice assessment that requires learners to not only indicate which possible answer they think is correct, but also indicate how certain they are that their chosen answer is correct. This is beneficial for health and safety training as it verifies the learning performance of employees, safeguarding them and their employers against gaps in learning.
Mobile learning allows individuals to learn on their own terms, anywhere and at any time. Not only does this make learning more effective, it also gives employees more opportunity to undertake learning. Both of these things contribute towards better health and safety training, as well as reduced employer and employee risk.