Company: ej4, Saint Louis, MO USA
Category: Training Programs or Media > Safety Training
Safety training is some of the most important training out there. It’s designed to keep employees injury free and in some cases, keep them alive. Unfortunately, safety training is often created without the consideration of important instructional design elements. PowerPoint presentations that contain too much text and no visuals have become a standard in safety training. ej4 safety training breaks that mold with engaging, regulation specific safety training that puts the emphasis on keeping the employee safe, not just covering the employers liability.
Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility, which is why ej4 safety training covers everything employees and managers need to know to keep their workplaces safe. Ranging from OSHA and Department of Transportation regulations, to working in extreme weather conditions. Each training program is designed to be to-the-point, and contains unexpected design elements that reinforce each learning point and keep learner engaged.
In 2018, we added two new series on forklift safety: Forklift Best Practices and Forklift Safety. In the Best Practices course on physical conditions, we describe scenarios like slippery conditions, obstructions, and floor loading limits. We also created content customized to the learner, by adding manager and employee versions of safety courses,, such as Hearing Conservation for Managers and Hearing Conservation for Employees.
This series highlights how the dangers of hearing loss are apparent at many jobs, not just in factory environments. The employee version of this video teaches learners how they can prevent and manage hearing loss, while the manager version outlines the ways that managers can encourage hearing conservation by meeting OSHA standards. This is why the “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work. Managers often need more details than employees need, and need to know the "why" behind rules and regulations. That’s why we offer a "just enough" solution to help foster safe work environments.
Since 2017 we have added several new courses in our Safety library while updating the remaining courses to stay up to date with best practices, and also adding manager and employee versions. Adding content on OSHA Record Keeping and Electrical Safety were some of the top requests from our customers. Our team of writers, graphic designers, and producers find a way to take previously recorded content and give it a new and improved look and sound every month.
1. New script and messaging – New information is constantly available because of the Internet, media, books and magazines, and even our everyday conversations. That’s a lot of information! To stay in-the-know, we have to conduct constant research on course topics and incorporate those themes into our eLearning courses. Your content must reflect what’s happening right now, from compliance to the best practices in all aspects of skill building.
2. Modern graphics – Training should be fun, which is why we make our content ‘Everything but Ordinary.’
Humans are born with the innate desire for things to be visually appealing, which is why we incorporate unexpected design elements into our courses, like bright colors and vibrant graphics. By updating how your eLearning courses look, users will actually use the content.
You can’t fix everything with new graphics, though. You need an instructional design process that allows you to evaluate which images are engaging versus distracting. This is why we strongly utilize adult learning theory in our course creation. Graphics should be relatable and clear, but also be captivating and hold the attention.
3. Updated best practices – The way employees consume eLearning content is something we take into consideration. Ten years ago, long training courses were the standard, but recently eLearning content has become increasingly shorter and segmented. Instead of watching an hour video on one subject, topics are broken up into series of short-form videos that cater to the frequent interruptions that happen at work.
• Mobile-friendly, video-based content
• Courses broken down into series designed for managers, and other designed for employees
• Short courses average 7 minutes in length
• Instructional design based on best practices in adult learning
• Tactical content that teaches you one new concept per video
• Each course contains a downloadable summary of the key learning points
• Application questions available for the learner to implement what they learned
• Short exam offering immediate feedback on the comprehension of the content
• Continued exams after the initial learning even to reinforce the training content delivered at 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, and 4 months
• Course progress is tracked and reported through our learning management system, or the client’s LMS