Annual safety training doesn’t have to be a chore

By: March 26th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Annual safety training, or any training for that matter, can sometimes be looked at as a nuisance, especially by experienced workers who may have seen the same old video year-in and year-out.

That’s why it’s imperative that those responsible for safety training vary the way in which they offer training so employees actually enjoy the time spent reviewing safety standards, rather than loath it.

For example, many people respond well to humor. Some of you have already commented on a recent post that ties Shakespeare’s quotes to bloodborne pathogens training. Finding ways employees can relate to the subject matter will result in positive feedback and better retention of important safety information.

A popular training method is to use a game to keep people involved, rather than simply lecturing or talking at them. Games show formats, such as Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, are popular especially when prizes are involved. A good safety training game is a scavenger hunt for safety hazards, which can be particularly effective with a large group of people who are being retrained on material they already know.

There are a number of resources for good, creative training ideas. Lab Safety Training Made Simple, offers a number of games and training tips specifically for the healthcare professional. Bob Pike is a well-known author who has come up with over 100 creative training games in his book, 101 Games for Trainers. He also has a number of resources on his Web site, such as “Been listening Bingo.”

Go to the Tools section to download a training program evaluation form so you can get feedback from your employees about your safety training.

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