The Role Of Technology In Safety Training


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This presentation was first made by Phil La Duke (Director Performance Improvement for O/E Learning) on August 21, at the Society for Applied Learning Technologies (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington DC, For more information on this topic contact Phil La Duke ( or visit

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  • This presentation was first presented at the 2009 Society for Applied Learning Technology’s Washington Interactive Technologies Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Do: Welcome the participants. Identify the emergency exits and procedures. Make any announcements that are required of the conference. Say: In this presentation, I will be sharing ways to get Operations buy-in for safety. I’m using the term “sell” in a very broad sense----when I say “sell safety” I am not just talking to purveyors of safety goods and services, but also to those of you who are internal providers of safety. Unless we know how to convince Operations that safety is more than a nuisance or a necessary evil we will never truly be successful in creating a corporate culture where safety is hardwired into how the organization operates. Do: Once you have explained what the session is about, allow people who might have expected something else to excuse themselves and leave. Introduce yourself and establish your credibility for speaking on this topic
  • Say: Choosing a delivery method depends on a lot of factors, and while safety training was an early adopter of technology-based training it did so for the wrong reason (because most companies cared more about compliance than skills building). Unfortunately, regulatory agencies stepped in limited the extent to which technology could be used. This is unfortunate because advances in technology have made it a great choice for safety training. Technology can be used to simulate circumstances and environments that would otherwise be too dangerous to experience. For example, I once developed a video-based training for a glass manufacturer. The training in question focused on an operation that involved a fau
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  • Say: From videotaped safety awareness programs to state-of-the-art DVD-based safety training, recorded media has long been the staple of technology-based safety training. Unfortunately, far too frequently this media is deployed by sticking a new hire in a glorified closet and telling them to let you know when they are done. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the media, the temptation to treat the new hire like a precocious three-year old that you want to keep occupied for 20 minutes by parking him or her in front of a video screen is too great for many organizations to resist
  • Say: OSHA Accepted Online safety training… reduces instructor travel costs gets safety training to remote locations faster facilitates make up training and the training of small populations provides documentation of OSHA compliance allows learners to complete the training at there own pace is accepted by OSHA without a proctor
  • Say: Provides support for tasks that are infrequently conducted Facilitates data retrieval Can be used to create Job Safety Analysis or Standard Work Instructions
  • Say: Makes remote training affordable Facilitates contextual training Flexible
  • Do: Review and summarize the presentation
  • The Role Of Technology In Safety Training

    1. 1. The Role of Technology In Safety Training Phil La Duke O/E Learning Presents…
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Housekeeping </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul>
    3. 3. When Technology Makes Sense <ul><li>Use technology when the… </li></ul><ul><li>content is awareness level </li></ul><ul><li>course is essentially a data dump </li></ul><ul><li>materials must be delivered exactly as scripted </li></ul><ul><li>primary purpose of the training is regulatory compliance </li></ul><ul><li>content is more for reference than skill building </li></ul><ul><li>environment is too dangerous to conduct training at the location where the skills will be used </li></ul><ul><li>content changes frequently </li></ul><ul><li>content is quasi-training </li></ul>
    4. 4. Technology In Safety Training <ul><li>Instructional Tools: </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded Media </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery Methods: </li></ul><ul><li>OSHA Accepted On-Line Training </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Support Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast/Handheld Training </li></ul><ul><li>Online MSDS </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Kiosks </li></ul>
    5. 5. Instructional Tools <ul><li>Recorded Media </li></ul><ul><li>Games & Simulation </li></ul>
    6. 6. Delivery Methods <ul><li>OSHA Accepted On-Line Training </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Support Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast/Handheld Training </li></ul><ul><li>Online MSDS </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Kiosks </li></ul>
    7. 7. Online Safety Training
    8. 8. Electronic Performance Support
    9. 9. Podcast/Handheld Safety Training
    10. 10. Safety Kiosks
    11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Technology will play an increasing role in safety training as technology improves and continues to be more cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Technology-based training are increasingly accepted by OSHA as meeting regulatory requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Online resources create opportunities for higher quality training that does more than merely meet regulatory requirements </li></ul>
    12. 12. Thank You! This presentation is available at
    13. 13. <ul><li>Phil La Duke </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Performance Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>O/E </li></ul><ul><li>2125 Butterfield, Suite 300N </li></ul><ul><li>Troy, MI 48084 </li></ul><ul><li>248-860-1086 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>