Best Practices: Adopting Digital Technology For EHS Training

Published 25 February 2022 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &

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Executive Summary

The adoption of EHS technology is continuing to grow, as firms look to solidify their business-critical processes, with EHS training, learning and development a key focus for many corporate health and safety leaders. Firms are utilizing a wide variety of technology solutions to deliver training across the entire gamut of EHS topics, ranging from simple PowerPoint presentations to nascent virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications. Whilst the core benefits of implementing e-learning solutions are well-known, many corporate EHS training initiatives fail to deliver their desired impact on EHS performance. In this report, Verdantix aims to guide EHS professionals through best practice in implementing technology solutions, to maximize the efficacy of their firms’ training processes. To leverage technology effectively when building EHS training programmes, our research finds that organizations should focus on deploying a blended range of training methodologies, linking training data to core EHS metrics and upholding strong change management throughout digitization projects.

Table of contents

Digital Solutions Can Boost The Efficacy Of EHS Training 
Learning Management Systems Are Integral To The Dissemination Of Effective Training 
Numerous Technologies Can Be Leveraged To Enhance Training Engagement  
Digitized Training Methods Allow Firms To Deploy Various Training Techniques 
EHS Leaders Are Reaping The Benefits Of E-Learning Solutions

Best Practices For Adopting Technology For EHS Training 
Firms Must Address Change Management Issues Surrounding Implementation 
Firms Must Integrate Training With Wider EHS Workflows To Close The Feedback Loop 
Firms Should Make The Most Of The Power Of Digital Training Content   

Table of figures

Figure 1. Adoption Of Software By EHS Processes In 2022 
Figure 2. Three Levels Of Learning Management System Maturity 
Figure 3. Closing The Loop On Health And Safety Training 
Figure 4. Effective Training Ensures Employees Remain On An Upwards Safety Curve 
Figure 5. Microlearning Cuts The Timeframe Between Training And Application 

About the authors

Tom Brown

Senior Analyst
Tom is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on a range of EHS topics, including high-risk safety controls, contractor management, environmental services and EHS digitization strategy. Prior to joining Verdantix, Tom achieved a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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