The first thing most of us want to do after a day working any job that requires hard, physical work is open an ice-cold beverage and plonk down on the nearest sofa.
The last thing that sounds appealing is to haul yourself to a school or training center to sit in a room full of strangers and listen to a lecture on the dangers of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents. It’s just isn’t very fun. But the bad part is you really don’t have a choice. Your boss has required you to get the training. As you may already know, OSHA training is now required by many construction companies (and employers in other industries) before they’ll give you the job.
What to do? Well, it’s no big deal, thanks to training providers that offer workers the option to take continuing education and certification courses, including OSHA 10 and OSHA 30, from the convenience of their homes.
Although online training has been available since the early 2000s, it was in 2012 that it really took off. Stanford University began offering academic courses online and many other universities and colleges followed suit. Impressively, 75 percent of all institutions of higher learning in the country now offer online degree programs, and the pace is picking up
The trend is not limited to continuing education providers and colleges. The corporate world and government agencies are about to come aboard.
The advantages of online education vs. classroom education are many. If you work in construction or other general industries, it’s easy to forget that technology can be an amazing asset for your company’s training program. Some benefits of training online include less time away from production, 24/7 access to materials and consistent training between locations and across shifts. The training uses engaging state-of-the-art graphics, animation, audio and narration to make the classes interesting. Corporations save money by not paying an instructor’s fee. Other savings come from workers not having to commute to classes or purchase printed training materials.
Here are a few other things to think about if you are considering an online training option for Environmental Safety, Occupation Health and Safety, Green Building, Mine Safety, Forklift Operation, Construction Safety, Transportation, HAZCOM, Industrial Hygiene or Human Resources:
- Worker in online education programs tend to retain 25 to 50 percent more of their lessons than their classroom counterparts.
- You don’t have to take the course in one sitting. In fact, once you’re registered, you can do your coursework when the time’s right for you. The learning management system saves your work each time.
- You have up to six months to complete your training.
- There are no materials needed for most courses. The exam and the programs are completely online. You can print materials when you feel the need.
- Each OSHA training course meets industry requirements and regulations and has the most up-to-date information.
- You will have a trainer/instructor who will answer any questions you may have.
- An OSHA certificate of completion will arrive via mail upon successful completion.
So if you’re required by your current (or future) employer to get EHS or OSHA training, look into doing it online. It may not always be an option for you. But when it is, you may be surprised to find that it’s cheaper, more convenient and even more effective. It’s not as fun as drinking a cold one in from the TV, but you just might learn a thing or two.