For all companies, employee training and upgrading skills is a necessity to adapt to regulatory, technological and organizational changes.
This is especially true for high-risk sectors, such as manufacturing and mining, chemicals, oil and gas. In these cases, the chart of accident-free days becomes an element scrutinized by all. Emergency preparedness is complex. Indeed, in these cases the brain operates in reflex mode. Immersive Learning recreates situations and environments while creating real sentiments and feelings. Thanks to the repetition and the freedom for error in exercises in virtual reality, our brain is trained to have reflexes that will be useful in cases of critical events. This is called pre-mentalization. This is because a person can use visualization to prepare their brain for something new, as if it had been experienced already.
In this article we will see 3 examples of using Immersive Learning for Safety Training.
1) Risk of fire in a laboratory
One of our clients, a global energy management specialist, has created an Immersive Learning experience to train their employees for fire risk in the lab. The experience makes us experience visiting the laboratory. The employee must identify fire extinguishers, emergency exits, during timed exercises. Information is provided throughout the training, including false beliefs about fires (all fires are put out with water, for example).
2) Detect risky areas or behaviors
An airline client catering and cabin cleaning company used Immersive Learning to educate employees about safety standards. In this experience, the employee is immersed in a kitchen and must identify all potential hazards in a time limited to 30sec. Once completed, we can highlight the missing elements. This training allows them to be more aware of the dangers of their daily environment.
3) Prevention of occupational hazards
One of our customers, a leader in automobiles, offers training to reduce the risks related to occupational hazards in the factory. The experience, available in 5 languages, makes us live the journey of an employee at his workstation. During this trip, a physiotherapist offers physical preparation exercises. This module is intended for more than 50,000 employees around the world.
You have seen here 3 examples of using Immersive Learning for Safety training. Obviously, the uses are not limited to the cases presented here. One can imagine practicing the risks of earthquake, hurricanes, etc… or to repeat decontamination processes of dangerous material, and many others.
Businesses need a more cost effective and timely solution to deploy training to mitigate these imminent risks. This is where integrating virtual reality into training programs can help align and equip your workforce to ensure increased skill, security and productivity.