22nd Mar, 2023 Read time 4 minutes

Integrating Technology Into Your Health and Safety Training Program

We have already discussed Health and Safety software innovations, however, it’s also a useful move to integrate technology into your health and safety training programs. This can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of your team, engagement, and business outcomes. This will only increase the safety of your workplace and everyone involved.

The accessibility of technology is mainly down to it’s rapid growth over the last few years. According to Purdue University, ‘technology has grown to a point where it’s increasing engagement and a more inclusive environment in education, with increased collaboration through technology’. This can be said the same for health and safety training in the workplace. 

Keep reading to learn more about how technology can enhance and improve your health and safety program. 

Health and Safety content will become more engaging

How employees can absorb the training more effectively can be down to interactive and engaging content. For example, using videos and interactive team activities will increase the likelihood of the training becoming effective across the team. 

Not only will this become more memorable, but the effectiveness of the content and the ways it’s delivered means it will be accessible anywhere. Before the development of this technology, if workers were unable to make it to the office on the day of the training, they would miss out on learning the key skills. However, in today’s world, it’s a different story, because the use of videos and online calls means the training can occur anywhere and anytime. 

The team could also work on the training program at their own pace too, due to the independent element of online learning and training. 

Adapted learning that will be personal to the individual

Technology can help health and safety learning to become more personal to the individual. For example, one employee may have previously worked in the health and safety field, resulting in already having substantial knowledge on the topic. However, they could have gaps. From here, technology could be used to create a customised learning experience for each employee, based on health and safety skills they may already have.

This could be achieved through specific modules, and the modules can be selected by the individual, which will help develop and revise their knowledge. An online IOSH training course could help go over identifying hazards in a workplace, for example. 

Real-time feedback

Using technology can help employers receive immediate feedback from their employees. If the training program lasts for a whole day, there may be a piece of feedback in the morning that can have an impact on the afternoon’s tasks. This helps to ensure that the time is effectively used and training is adapted in real time. 

Building on this, the same technology used for real-time feedback can be used for tracking and measuring outcomes. For example, seeing how well the employees are engaging with the training program and if not, then the appropriate discussions can be made to ensure the training is being delivered as it should. 

Additionally, technology such as QR codes can be used to track attendance and participation in training sessions, allowing employers to have a more accurate understanding of employee engagement and progress.

Measuring health and safety outcomes

The use of technology can help ensure that the return on investment is accurately monitored, helping your business save money in the long run. This is particularly important if a wide-scale health and safety training program has been undertaken with your employees and therefore is important it’s been a strategic move.

Overall, integrating technology into your health and safety program can have a big improvement on the effectiveness of your health and safety strategy. Whatever areas of technology you decide to implement into your training program, it’s sure to have a positive impact on the safety of employees and employers. 

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