Updated: Oct 19
Safety should always be a top priority in industry. With the advent of digital technology, there are innovative ways to enhance safety practices and ensure that employees and contractors are well-prepared for their jobs. Creating a digital safety certification program for contractors using video can provide excellent results. In this post, we'll explore both the benefits of a program and provide a step-by-step guide.
The Power of Video-Based Training Traditional safety training programs often involve lengthy in person or virtual sessions with our old friend PowerPoint. Let's face it, they are generally boring and fail to create the knowledge and awareness we strive for. In contrast, video-based learning offers several advantages:
Visual Engagement: Videos provide a visual and auditory experience, making it easier for participants to understand and retain information.
Real-Life Scenarios: Videos can simulate real-life scenarios, helping contractors and employees grasp the practical aspects of safety procedures.
Accessibility: Videos can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, allowing for flexible learning.
Consistency: The content in videos remains consistent across all contractors and employees, ensuring that everyone receives the same information.
5 Steps to Create a Digital Safety Certification Program Using Video Now, let's get into the steps to create a digital safety certification program for employees contractors using Video:
Identify Key Safety Topics: Begin by identifying the crucial safety topics that contractors need to be well-versed in. This could include topics like site specific elements, fall protection, hazard communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), company introduction and more.
Content: You don't need to make everything on your own. There are many great sources for video content including our friends at Ally Safety and plenty freely available on YouTube from reputable organizations like OSHA and HSE. So you can mix and match. Our customers use a range of tools to develop video content including leveraging existing PowerPoint content and converting it to a video to having video professionally shot. Ensure that the videos are clear, concise, and engaging. Use real sites or simulations to make the content relatable. Download our free "Shooting Great Video with Your Mobile" at the bottom of this post. Ally Safety also have an excellent course on making safety videos here.
Interactive Knowledge Checks, Quizzes and Assessments: As you finish topics its a best practice to ask a knowledge check question (more if the material is complex). After each video module or course, include interactive quizzes and assessments to reinforce learning. Contractors and employees should demonstrate their understanding of the material before proceeding to the next module.
User-Friendly Platform: Choose or develop a user-friendly digital platform or Training System to host the video content and assessments. Of course LUMA1 can do all of this and more! Ensure that contractors can easily access and navigate the program using tools like QR codes and self registration. LUMA1 also works with workforce management systems like innDex which provide a fully integrated experience with LUMA1.
Tracking and Certification: Implement a system to track contractors' progress and performance. Once they successfully complete all modules and assessments, they should receive a digital safety certification. A best practice is to provide stickers for safety helmets or hard hats once certified. Also set a clear renewal date for certifications.
Site Specific Certifications: Every site is different and requires differentiated content. Some systems offer capabilities like Playlists that let you easily create site specific certifications that can optionally let users bypass content they have an existing certification for.
Periodic Updates: Regularly update the content to reflect the latest safety regulations and best practices. Safety standards can change, and it's essential to keep the program current.
Feedback Mechanism: Allow employees and contractors to provide feedback on the program's content and usability. Continuous improvement is key to the program's success. Using survey questions and polling built in to your training is a great way to do this.
Benefits of a Digital Safety Certification Program Implementing a digital safety certification program for employees and contractors using videos offers numerous advantages:
Improved Safety: Employees and contractors will have a better understanding of safety protocols, reducing accidents and injuries on construction sites.
Cost-Effective: Compared to traditional training methods, digital programs are often more cost-effective and require fewer resources.
Flexibility: Contractors and employees can access training materials at their convenience, allowing for flexible learning schedules.
Scalability: The program can be easily scaled to accommodate a growing number of contractors and construction projects.
Compliance: Ensures that employees and contractors meet safety compliance standards, reducing legal risks for construction companies.
Creating a digital safety certification program for contractors and employees using videos is a proactive and effective way to ensure that everyone is well-prepared to navigate the hazards of their work. By harnessing the power of smart video-based learning from LUMA1, companies can enhance safety practices, reduce accidents, and ultimately save lives while also benefiting their bottom line. It's a win-win for everyone involved. Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.