Safety Training and Retention of Learning: How Do I Get a Better Bang For My Buck? Part 2

By April 26, 2016 November 26th, 2018 Knowledge retention
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How can you achieve a better return on investment to embed more of the trained knowledge?

Adding to the problem of the retention of learning is the human brain. Research also shows that immediately after a training session typically only 50% of what was trained has been embedded as new knowledge. Within a week a further 25% is lost and after a month between 10-15% of what was trained has been retained.

The first step is to get workplace safety training out of the classroom and deliver it in the workplace.

Research shows that in taking this simple step (the training is delivered and immediately applied) almost 100% knowledge retention can be achieved.  Utilisation of training delivered on mobile devices is one method you can use to successfully achieve this first step.

The second step is to include interaction within the workplace safety training content.

Engage the student using interactive methods e.g. quizzes, competitions and most effectively – gaming. Mobile safety applications are particularly effective here.

Third, draw on realistic, relatable content.

Use pictorial and video examples of safety issues you are experiencing in your work areas. Generic examples and photographs of other organisations simply don’t work because there is no personal or emotional connection. Customisation of the training content is essential.

Finally, be mindful of the user experience.

The quality of the pictorial content that you use (e.g, images and video), the layout of the safety training exercise and the interaction required to complete the training must be of high quality. When the quality is low it creates a mental ‘jar’ and interrupts the flow of learning and subsequent knowledge transfer. Be mindful of the training programmes you deliver and use quality as a differentiator.

By changing the methods of delivery in your safety training you can achieve what you set out to do: achieve better retention of learning. This provides a direct transfer of training into a positive change in behaviour which will lead to a reduction in workplace incidents, accidents and injury.

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