Safety Surfing

Video based safety orientation programs have been around for years, and while the training was always delivered in an engaging manner the challenge was ensuring the participant comprehended the instruction. One method of achieving this was to include a multiple choice question and answer section within the video, and then have the participant answer the questions on paper. The completed questionnaire was then added to their employee file, and proof of training was established. Useful, but somewhat inefficient.

With the rise of the desktop computer, multi-media based safety orientations became more common, and while they effectively used video to deliver the content, the cost of the computer application was prohibitive to many organizations.

Today the marriage of video, computer, and internet has seen the rise of a cost effective and efficient means of delivering a safety orientation video, while testing the learner`s knowledge of the content. Utilizing an organization’s existing website, the instruction is provided by an online learning web application, where-by users view video segments, and are tested by answering multiple choice questions pertinent to the site safety instruction.

The participant’s access and view sections of the safety orientation through a link on the organizations website. Upon viewing the first section of the video the screen advances to a question and answer page. The user is presented with 4-5 multiple choice questions. If any questions are answered incorrectly, the group of questions (and their appropriate answers) are shuffled and the user is encouraged to ‘Try Again’. Should the correct answers become a challenge for the user, they will have the option to review section 1 of the video. When all questions are answered correctly the screen will provide a ‘Congratulations’ message and advance to section 2 of the video.

The student would advance through all parts of the video Q & A’s, and upon successful completion of the testing will be led to print a certificate of completion. The student test results will be stored in a database for retrieval by the organizations supervisors and trainers.

The participant can take the training at their own pace and in any location with a computer and internet access, including the comfort of their own home.

This approach can provide an efficient and cost effective way of delivering safety orientations, or other training exercises that utilise a video based instruction.