Outsourcing safety training is a cost-effective way to maintain and improve employee skill sets, either through on-site seminars, live online courses, or off-site training. Of the three, off-site training causes the most disruption to your work schedule and productivity, but that doesn’t mean it should be excluded as an option. The benefits of off-site safety training often outweigh any disadvantages, and include:
Increased Student Focus
Offsite training prevents work-related issues from distracting students. Phones won’t be ringing and coworkers won’t be popping their heads around the classroom door to get someone’s attention “just for a minute,” so personnel can focus solely on learning. The change of location required by off-site training also engages learners, helping them get the most out of the safety training.
In a multi-department facility, it’s easy for employees to “cocoon” in their respective departments, rarely interacting with employees in other areas. One of the benefits of off-site training is that it can bring everyone together, allowing employees to network within departments and share ideas.
When outsourcing safety training, you get the advantage of expert instruction from professionals who teach the latest safety techniques every day. Professional safety instructors have an in-depth understanding of the latest safety procedures, OSHA requirements, and changing codes few members of your workforce will possess. Taking advantage of this specialized knowledge is one of the great benefits of off-site safety training.
A Safe Place to Make Mistakes
Off-site safety seminars offer a safe place for employees to learn and practice safety techniques in a controlled environment. Mistakes are part of learning, and it’s far better to make a mistake with, say, a fall protection harness in the classroom than above a factory floor.
Don’t underestimate the effect of outsourcing safety training on employee morale. Employees value training in part because it shows management values them and is willing to invest in their job skills. With the cost of transportation, accommodation, and possible conference fees, off-site training really proves you value the health and well-being of your employees. Improved morale, in turn, reduces employee turnover rates.
Off-Site Training Disadvantages
Off-site training is not without its challenges. Price is a serious consideration. Off-site training costs more than outsourcing safety training through online seminars, especially with travel expenses. Productivity takes a hit as you must pull employees from your work force—and indeed, smaller facilities may need to shut down completely.
Despite these considerations, the benefits of off-site safety training outweigh the disadvantages. Safety, after all, is an area of concern businesses cannot afford to ignore.