Safety training with a remote workforce [webinar recap]
Primus drew upon his knowledge as a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and the Executive Director of National Environmental and Occupational Safety Training, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality employee safety training.
Trends in safety training
Traditional methods of safety training rapidly shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic. With training centers closed, many businesses turned to online solutions for ensuring OSHA compliance.
During the webinar, Primus noted how organizations were reluctant to adopt remote safety training solutions at the start of the pandemic. As both agencies and crediting bodies began to accept remote course credits, however, general opinions started to change.
The speakers discussed the benefits and downsides of remote safety training—namely ID verification, student engagement, and the remote training restrictions that certain industries have.
The future of safety training
On whether safety training will revert to traditional in-person methods, Primus said the way forward is hybrid. He asserted that businesses would have to adapt how they administer safety training—and some industries would still need in-person lessons for topics like PIT driving.
Primus and Lu You also compared in-house training and third-party training, mentioning the benefits of both remote solutions for businesses who want to scale and student engagement for in-person classes.
The webinar closed with a discussion of improving remote safety training. This included advice for making e-learning engaging and getting safety team members up to speed on effective training techniques.
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