Digital Health And Safety Training Is The Foundation Of An Effective Worker Safety Programme
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a worker in the US is injured every seven seconds. This statistic equates to 12,900 workers per day and 4.7 million injured workers each year, in the US alone. While many accidents can occur due to unsafe working conditions, the importance of inadequate or non-existent training often is overlooked. Health and safety training plays a pivotal role in the success of a firm’s EHS programme, which can benefit firms across every industry. Researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation have found that health and safety training increased incident reporting and reduced injuries across 2000 firms within diverse industries. Additionally, training plays a crucial role in the hierarchy of controls, a framework for hazard control that safety professionals have utilized for decades. Training is a key element of administrative controls for risk management as well as a driver of successful management of change (MOC) when implementing new safety technology within a firm (see Verdantix Strategic Focus: Incorporating Technology Into The Hierarchy Of Controls).
Beyond the tangible direct benefits of health and safety training, firms face a legal requirement to educate employees in this area. US OSHA and the UK Health Safety Executive (HSE) require firms to ensure proper general and job-specific safety trainings while maintaining accurate recordkeeping. Specific industries have their own unique requirements, such as the training requirements for mining firms under the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety And Health Administration (MHSA). Likewise, common job tasks have their own training needs such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), which requires specific qualifications for US commercial drivers as along with training on regulations, hazardous material hauling and road safety.
The rise of digital technology is offering firms new interactive and intuitive options for worker health and safety training. Learning management systems (LMSs), augmented reality and virtual reality training, and microlearning are examples of new training options that offer higher retention and interaction for workers. According to the 2019 Verdantix Global Corporate Survey, 72% of 402 senior EHS decision-makers plan to use software for EHS training across all their facilities or at multiple facilities during 2020. The EHS training market is growing, with established safety-focused vendors offering digital training tools to help firms achieve their training goals. Many vendors are moving from traditional, classroom-based training to rely on instant and engaging digital training deployed through platforms on desktop or mobile devices. A recent Verdantix report identified ten of the key players in the digital health and safety training market to provide detailed insight for buyers looking to implement digital training within their firms.
To learn more about the benefit of health and safety training and the market landscape of solution, see the Verdantix report Buyer’s Guide: Digital Health And Safety Training Solutions and register for our upcoming webinar, which is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020.