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Environmental & Safety Training Videos vs CBTs - Differences, Similarities, Best Choice
February 24, 2012
February 24, 2012
By: Tammy Wade, STEP
In order to create and maintain a solid, effective ESH program at any company, you must incorporate and execute a variety of training options for your employees. Certainly, nothing replaces the effectiveness of person to person, site-specific, hands-on ESH training for delivering core information and regulatory updates. But there are times when it is necessary to supplement the information delivered by this type of training or when you need to deliver the same training repetitively. This is where a training video or CBT can help you. So what are the differences between videos and CBTs? Let's take a look at each.
What is a CBT?
CBTs or Computer Based Training modules are generally site or topic specific, and are available to be administered whenever the training coordinator desires. CBTs are computer-based modules that train users on a specific area of interest, like how to use a fire extinguisher, or the safety requirements of a contractor working at your facility. The possible topics are limitless. The beauty of a CBT is that as a single-user training, the user controls the pace of delivery, advancing section-by-section at their own rate. CBTs may contain assessments at the end of the module or at set points within the module. CBTs may contain any combination of video clips, audio clips, still photos, and/or text. Depending on how savvy your requirements, CBTs can reside either on a company computer, a CD or DVD, or can be maintained at aLMS (Learning Management System) site. CBTs can either be site-specific or general.
Training videos have been used for decades. They are excellent tools for delivering either general or site-specific ESH information to a larger group of participants than the CBTs we just discussed. There are a limitless number of general safety training videos available for purchase. The best choice for video training, however, is one that is site specific and uses media (videos, audio, still photos) from the company's actual operation. Video training that incorporates actual media from your company to train future employees, visitors, or contractors bring a level of realness to the information being delivered, and better fulfill OSHA's requirement for site-specific training. Like CBTs, video training modules can incorporate any combination of audio, video, text and still photos. They are generally deployed either via DVD or awindows-formatted video file, or may be uploaded to the internet or stored on a company's intranet.