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Does regular safety training really work? In the spring of 1993, Safety Shorts set out to discover whether regular safety meetings could be credited for a reduction in accident rates.
Over 900 customers responded to a comprehensive survey. The results were clear. A regular safety training program including Safety Shorts training videos, improves attitudes, increases safety awareness, and reduces the rate of accidents. The most interesting finding is that the more frequent the training the greater the probability of results.
The survey found that companies which trained weekly with Safety Shorts for a period of at least one year were over 4 times more likely to reduce accidents than those who did not train regularly.
Many of those who responded to the survey indicated that they had trained weekly for a period of one year or more with Safety Shorts videos. Of those respondents, 60% indicated a marked improvement in accident reduction, while only 4% noted no significant improvement.
Many of those who indicated "No", or made no indication, stated that they either did not have sufficient data to respond, or that their accident levels were already extremely low before starting the program. Of those weekly trainers who only responded "Yes" or "No" to the accident reduction question, over 94% indicated a reduction! Of the monthly trainers who trained for at least one year and who only responded "Yes" or "No", over 83% indicated a reduction.
The numbers indicate that frequent reiteration of safety messages through weekly use of Safety Shorts videos, is effective in improving awareness and attitudes about safety, which, in turn, works to reduce accidents. The more frequent the training, the better the chances of reducing your rate. Only 14% of the total responding non-regular trainers indicated any improvements in their accident rates.
Regular Training Improves Attitudes and Increases Awareness. It is logical to assume that a consistent, regular safety training program can increase safety awareness and improve attitudes-but does research bear this out? A vast majority of all users indicated that awareness and attitudes have improved since starting the Safety Shorts program. These improvements will likely lead to a reduction in accidents.
Here's what the survey told us:
Improved Safety Attitudes (of those with positive responses of either "Yes" or "No") Yes - 95% No - 5%
95% of those responding "Yes" or "No" noted a marked improvement in attitudes. That is a ratio of 19 to 1.
Increased Safety Awareness (of those with positive responses of either "Yes" or "No") Yes - 97% No - 3%
97% of these responding "Yes" or "No" indicated marked improvements in safety awareness. That is a ratio of 32 to 1!
The Safety Shorts'; Component
The survey revealed, without question, the popularity of a five minute training format. Safety managers were asked to rate the effectiveness of a five minute presentation compared to traditional, longer videos.
Eighty-four percent (84%) rated the effectiveness of a five minute presentation as being "Above Average" or "Excellent". By comparison, only 2.4% rated the effectiveness as being "Poor" or "Very Poor".
The survey then asked respondents to rate the quality of a Safety Shorts presentation. Eighty-five (85%) rated Safety Shorts videos as being "Above Average" or " Excellent", with only 1.3% rating the products as being "Poor" to "Very Poor".
Responses to both questions are as follows:
Effectiveness of five minute format: Very Poor - .22%, Poor - 2.2%, Average - 13.6%, Above Average - 43.0%, Excellent - 41.0%
Quality of Safety Shorts:
Very Poor - .22%, Poor - 1.2%, Average - 13.0%, Above Average - 56.0%,
Excellent - 30.0%
The Safety Shorts Training System is a totally unique approach to training. It was originally designed to provide small companies an affordable means to combat high incident rates. Because the training is completely video-based, virtually anyone in the company could take on the role as trainer.
The premise of the program is simple. The Safety Shorts Training System encourages brief weekly training sessions that are interesting to employees and easily administered by safety pros or first-line supervisors. The more frequent the training, the greater the probability of result.
This concept of video-based training was developed exclusively by Safety Shorts. Although the weekly tailgate training concept has been adopted by many organizations, such as the United States Postal Service and California's requirement for contractor training, we simply have made the process much more effective.
How The Safety Short Training System Works:
Lets face it. Most employees are not as readily enthusiastic about the subject of safety as we are. This is why we believe that long training sessions are ineffective. Safety Short videos are produced to be as interesting as possible and are limited to a length of just under the average adult attention span. The program relies on training frequency to build a comprehensive understanding of the overall subject matter presented.
We believe training retention is highly impacted by breaking the information down to smaller, more easily digestible segments, and shorter meetings mean less time away from productivity as well.
Since the training is administered on a regularly scheduled basis, the issue of safety becomes an integrated part of the work routine. This works much like the psychology used in television marketing for product awareness; small sound bites of information on a regular basis impress upon our long term memory. Who among us cannot recite the lyrics to the old Alka Seltzer jingle? even though it may have been years since we last heard those ads. Being concerned about safety is a state of mind. If your employees aren"t thinking about safety, they are going to be subject to human error which may cause accidents.
Medium for Communication
Probably the most important benefit of having routine meetings is the opportunity for productive discussion. Not only will a discussion on the relevance of the training topic at hand prove to be effective, but general discussions on safety or even related subjects like quality assurance can prove to be of tremendous value. Your employees may make evident their abilities to be great problem solvers once they become involved. In addition, I think that you will find that your employees" communication skills will sharpen significantly once they become accustomed to meeting involvement.
This is a quality of our program that we can't prove, but we believe exists. When companies implement our weekly training program, it sends a clear message to all their employees, "We care about your safety, and our efforts to ensure your well being are not going to go away." OSHA doesn"t require you to train on a weekly basis. When companies implement our weekly
training program, they are making efforts above and beyond what is required by law. Your employees will likely realize this and appreciate your company's effort.
With all this in mind, Safety Shorts client studies have found that the more frequent the training, the greater the probability of results. In fact, we have proven that there is a direct connection between training frequency and results.