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Health and Safety E-Learning Courses Starting to Take Off

The broader picture

Health and safety is at the heart of so many small to medium businesses, but not all employees and managers have the time to commit to a full time, part time or even an evening course. With time becoming an ever scarcer resource, the proliferation of Health and Safety E Learning courses as part of a wider online training approach has really started to take off. Of course, as well as saving on time, learning online can also save you money.

If you are reading this as a small business owner, thinking about offering health and safety training online to your workforce, then you are not alone. Many people are taking advantage of the benefits, so let’s take a look at what E-Learning can offer.

While E-learning courses have become synonymous with online health and safety packages it is more accurate to say that they are an important part of a diverse set that fulfils all the multifarious needs that good health and safety requires. In terms of all these distinct aspects of online training there are: E-learning, written training materials, task based (practical) training and some quiz activities. Often a Learning Management System (LMS) is put in place (software-based) to manage the training.

E-Learning Courses: the details

E-Learning courses, sometimes known as CBTs are delivered online and focus on well-defined training topics. In terms of a breakdown of what such courses consist of, let’s take a look.

·       Visuals, audio and written scripts explain procedure and offer background learning in differing forms. This helps appeal to many different preferences in terms of best learning.

·       Self-guided screen control with pause and rewind options for online videos to cater for all speeds and abilities.

·       Marked assignments that will monitor learning and offer ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ in certain areas.

·       Questions that reinforce key points and give constant opportunities to practice.

·       Refresher courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

E-Learning Courses: the benefits

It is often a fact that E-Learning is a more efficient method of training than any other, yielding fast and cost-effective results. A major benefit of E-Learning is that it offers unbounded potential for taking advantage of some stellar software that yields exceptional visual cues for learning.

You are not restricted to being in a certain place at a certain time, so work does not suffer as much as it would if you had to attend regular courses at regular times. This contributes to the health and happiness of the workforce to boot, as well as making sure that people can work at their own pace and not be held back or rushed on by those who learn slower or faster.

When you have a relatively large number of employees who need training it makes much more sense to offer E-Learning than have the costly and time-consuming nightmare of trying to schedule courses for them all. As mentioned before, E-Learning makes it easy to go back and check via refreshers if you become unsure about anything. 

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