We all teach people every day, but some lessons are better absorbed than others. There are many variables when we’re talking about developing safety and ergonomics training, but one of the most important is laying out the objectives. What are we trying to accomplish? Once we determine the objectives, we are on our way! Other key components of effective training include:
- Focused and pertinent content
- Meaningful information, with personal relevance
- Delivery that is engaging for the adult learner, and respectful of their time
- Content designed for the specific audience – content should be practical and relatable to the work that they do
- Curriculum that will encourage the exchange of ideas, and not just the one-way transfer of knowledge
- Demonstrations and/or physical activities for the participants – we remember more of what we DO, than what we HEAR
- A process for evaluating the effectiveness of the training
We know that when employers invest in safety and health initiatives (including safety and ergonomics training), they can expect to reduce injuries and illnesses – not just the number of injuries and illnesses, but the severity of cases. This is an important point, as this means lower claims costs and less lost time, which (although a lagging indicator), can be big success markers for a program. Musculoskeletal disorders make up a large percentage of illnesses out in industry, and effective ergonomics training is a key component to your ergonomics program.
Are you meeting the mark?