Three Reasons Why Video is Essential for Induction and OH&S Training

Ewan Roxburgh
December 12, 2014
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Induction and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) videos are designed to educate your audience on specific introductory information and steps to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Let’s look at an induction and OHS video used by Infoactiv.
The purpose of this video was to give Infoactiv team members an induction into how the program works and what safety guidelines they need to adhere by. In this article, we’ll take a look at some benefits and challenges of using video for induction and OHS training.

Provides detailed step-by-step instructions

Video gives you a medium where you can explain detailed instructions and/or procedures in an easy-to-digest format. In the video by Infoactiv, there is a lot of information! Imagine trying to consume all that information by reading a booklet. It would be 50 pages long and really boring to read. Instead, using video, Infoactiv is able to cover all the details in just 10 minutes, offering training that is easy for their audience to understand. Do you have detailed instruction booklets that your employees have a hard time reading? Why not try a training video?

Covers all information to ensure the employer avoids negligence

As an employer in Australia, it is your responsibility to take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of your employees. You need to keep your employees informed on how to do their jobs and operate or use equipment in the safest way possible. If you do not take reasonable care, you will open yourself up to common law action for damages for negligence.
In a report by Kaltura, it was found that video can increase the chances for success and influence learning outcomes better than any other medium. Think about what your employees would prefer to consume – a 20-page boring OHS document or a quick 5-minute video? At the end of the day, you need to listen to your employees. You need them to consume the important information, so if video makes that easier, why not use it?

Offers a consistent message

When you’re training employees on important induction and OHS information, you need to minimise variation in the information being taught. One of Deming’s quality management principles suggests that the best way to minimise differences in the outcome of training is to ensure each employee gets their training from the original source (trainer) and not from another employee. Denning once said, “variation is the villain of quality.”
Marshall Thurber, Demings understudy, conducts a small experiment to show how much variation is at play when an employee is not being training by the original source. Watch the video here:

Video offers the perfect medium to train each and every employee with a consistent message, from the original source. Before you start using video to train employees, be aware of these challenges:

Remember to stick to your key message

Determine the key message you want to communicate and leave out any non-pertinent information to make the video concise. In the Infoactiv example, you can see their core message – how to prepare for and handle recycling collection day – is at the forefront throughout the video.

Avoid making it boring

Induction and OHS videos are renowned for being long and boring. Try to use humour throughout the video to keep your employees’ attention – at least every 2-3 three minutes. Infoactiv uses humour by making reference to their team members being ‘coach’ and uses animations to keep the viewers’ attention.

Keep it organised and structured

When trying to teach people a lot of information, it can be hard for them to keep track and retain it all. You should keep your training structured in a way that makes it easy for your employees to follow along. Break it up into sections so your employees can revisit information they may be struggling to understand.
Are you looking for more inspiration? Here are a few examples to show you how video can be used for induction and OHS training:

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