Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that clearly has many applications, but one where it’s being used successfully is in revolutionising health and safety training.
SHP Online reported on the rising use of VR in training sessions to place employees into different scenarios and help them better understand certain hazards and dangers without actually putting them in harm’s way.
It could prove a particularly useful tool if you have employees who often work in remote or challenging environments, where it may not be possible to carry out onsite training, or where clearly explaining all the risks might prove difficult.
As well as giving you the ability to challenge and test your staff with a range of scenarios, it’s also an alternative engaging way of delivering training, the news provider notes, commenting that the technology “provides the perfect environment for them to learn how to deal with certain problems before they’re required to do so on the job”.
For organisations who operate in high-risk environments or Comah sites, site-based incident response training, testing site-specific credible scenarios will probably prove the most effective solution for testing elements of your emergency response procedures and plans.
VR can be used as part of a blended learning mix of site-based and VR related elements contributed to an overall training session. VR training can also allow for health and safety sessions to be delivered, were staff are situated across various different locations, allowing you to deliver structured training sessions and your staff to receive similar training experiences.
This is far from the only place where emerging technology is being utilised to help with health and safety. Earlier this year, Suffolk County introduced two unmanned drones to help its emergency services assess a situation and get real-time information that can help them respond to incidents.
If you plan to use this kind of technology, it’s vital that your emergency response teams and incident controllers, are given proper training in how to access and utilise it to ensure it has maximum impact.