3 R’s of Effective Safety Training
Troy Bridges, Vice-President for the SOCO ASSE Chapter, gave a presentation to the chapter members regarding how to make safety training more effective. This presentation was conducted at the membership meeting on September 16th, 2011. The following is a brief summary of his presentation.
- Adults have different learning styles. Some people are visual learners, some are auditory, and some are kinesthetic (hands-on). Taking advantage of these various learning styles can lead to more effective training.
- The 3 R’s stand for Recognize, Relate, and Retain.
- Recognize: If you utilize photos, videos, prints, logos, etc. in your training materials, that your employees can easily recognize, they will be able to make more sense of the information being given. Make it personal and easy for them to understand. Something as simple as including your company logo on a “generic” OSHA Fact Sheet can make the material more engaging for the employees.
- Relate: If the employees can relate to the information, they will be able to comprehend more of what is being said. Put yourself in their shoes and make it so they can relate to the information being provided.
- Retain: If the employees can recognize and relate to the information then they will better retain the information. Example; if you have a staff of field service personnel, utilizing photos of people in the corporate uniform in lieu of clip art will make your message stand out more. The employees can see themselves doing the same thing so they can understand and relate to the information being given.
- Have fun with it. Keep it simple, and get the employees involved. Getting employees involved gives them a sense of ownership and accountability in the process. It gets them excited about the endeavor.