Can Health and Safety ever be completed effectively with eLearning?

Health and safety training is vital in the workplace, and e-learning is just as effective, if not more so, than traditional instructor led training. 

According to the Health and Safety Executive more than 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured. Over two million suffer illnesses caused by or made worse by, their work. So it is essential every employer ensures preventing accidents and ill health is a training priority for everyone.

Practical considerations

If you’ve been in employment for some time, chances are you have sat in a stuffy conference room at some point, learning how to lift a box correctly. It’s all in the knees isn’t it? An instructor will have been on hand to show you exactly how to do it. So how can eLearning compete with this? Surely, the instructor is needed? How will you know if you’re doing it right without them?  

E-learning, of course, does not involve a live instructor. As a digital resource it can be delivered on anything from computers, tablets, phones; pretty much any device which connects to the internet. So surely this won’t work with health and safety training?

On the contrary, everything delivered in a traditional health and safety instructor led course, can be taught via an eLearning course. Engage in Learning’s courses are designed to be highly engaging, interactive and participative. Learners must complete questions at the end of each module to show they have understood the information they have been given. They cannot move on until they have been answered correctly, and learners can go back over the content, to keep exploring the information until they have fully understood it. 

Greater training effectiveness

According to research (training and retraining – Fletcher and Tobias, 2000) people learn more using online training methods than they do with traditional teaching.

By the time we enter the workplace as adults we have all experienced classroom based learning, to varying levels. Children and adolescents can lack focus, discipline and motivation to learn, so require more hands-on direction from a teacher. But the workplace is different. Whilst employees are managed, they are also expected to take responsibility for themselves and their own career progression.

E-learning places this responsibility with the individual. Training can be delivered anytime, anywhere and at a pace which suits them. By changing the way training is delivered eLearning provides a cost effective, flexible, tailored alternative to traditional instructor led training courses.

E-learning also allows people to study at a time that suits them. We live and work in 24 hour environment and there is no reason for training to be any different. This is perfect for anyone juggling children, working unsociable hours or needing to fit training in whenever they can. There is no need to compromise and lose time and money. And learners can work at their own pace, completing a little at a time or doing it all at once.

These factors put the control into the hands of the learner, and ultimately result in a better attitude to training in general.

Engage in Leaning health and safety courses

Our wide range of health and safety courses take a practical, interactive approach to teach your staff how to keep themselves – and those around them – healthy and safe at work.

Courses cover important issues such as avoiding slips, trips and falls in the workplace, managing and reducing risk at work, and keeping your employees safe and comfortable throughout the working day. Your team will learn to improve their driving skills, reduce stress and even acquire lifesaving first-aid techniques.

Each course comes with an interactive eBook containing powerful memory aids and checklists to help staff reinforce and apply their learning day to day.

Our online health and saftey courses can be found here