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How a learning management system can boost your safety training effectiveness

By Higginbotham on February 28 , 2019

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What’s the best way to train workers on safety issues? There’s no single answer – the best training practices will involve a range of methods. To satisfy regulations, reduce risks and minimize liability, you need to give your workers all the knowledge necessary to stay safe. One way to do this is through a learning management system.

Learning management systems are online programs that can be used for various educational purposes. Convenient and effective, these programs are catching on quickly. According to a report from Markets and Markets, the learning management system market is expected to grow from $9.2 billion in 2018 to $22.4 billion in 2023.

Here’s why you should consider using them as part of your worker safety training.

Everything Gets Covered

When providing one-on-one training or holding safety meetings, it can be difficult to cover everything. Even with a clear agenda, distractions happen, and details may get glossed over.

It’s understandable, but it’s also a problem. Even small knowledge gaps can lead to big safety hazards. With a learning management system, you don’t need to worry about anything being left out.

Learning Style Needs Are Met

One reason it’s good to use different safety training methods is that different people learn best in different ways. Although some people like to learn through a hands-on approach, others prefer reading instructions or watching videos.

Learning management systems can disseminate information using recordings, images and interactive tools. This helps employers reach a wider range of learning styles.

People also learn at different speeds. With a learning management system, learners can go at their own pace and repeat information as needed.

Evaluation Is Easy

The other side of teaching is evaluation, and learning management systems handle this well. Because of the digital nature of the programs, tests and quizzes can be customized to individuals, and feedback can be immediate.

The employer also benefits through access to data, which can be used to track progress and identify problem areas.

Feedback Is Encouraged

Although going through an online learning management system may seem like a lonely and one-sided process, that's not actually the case. Learning management systems can make it easy to provide feedback and ask questions. Workers who are reluctant to speak in a group or in a face-to-face setting may be more likely to speak up online.

Creating a safe working environment is an ongoing process. Whether you are training new hires, providing safety refreshers, responding to safety issues or introducing new procedures and equipment, a learning management system can help you accomplish your goals.

To learn more about learning management systems available, contact our Risk Management team.

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