Virtual Reality: The New Pathway for Effective Safety Training
- Michael W. Norris (Fricke Management and Contracting / Samron Midwest Contracting / Thirteen RF) | Kristen Spicer (Murray State University) | Traci Byrd (Murray State University)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- June 2019
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 36 - 39
- 2019. American Society of Safety Professionals
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- This article explains the concept of virtual reality.
- It describes the use of virtual reality and its impact on safety training.
- The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of virtual reality safety training, and explain the implications of this technology for OSH professionals.
Workers around the globe share a common goal: to return home at the end of every workday. One of the many tools used to ensure that this goal is achieved is safety training. Effective training, especially that which gives workers the tools and skills to identify and assess job risk, is essential to worker safety. Many organizations use hands-on or on-the-job training to increase the effectiveness of safety training programs. When considering highly hazardous industries such as heavy industrial construction, power generation and petrochemical, the need for effective training is heightened.
Serious concerns regarding the effectiveness of training have haunted several industries but none more than the construction industry. Tam and Fung (2011) cite inadequate safety training as a contributing factor to the high number of incidents in the construction industry. Also, in 2011, Wilkins (as cited in Sacks, Perlman & Barak, 2013), having concerns for the quality of construction safety training, “surveyed 105 construction laborers who had taken the OSHA 10-hour construction safety training course and the results showed overall dissatisfaction with how the course was taught.” Wilkins “stressed the need for training to be subject sensitive for trainees, to be conducted by a trainer knowledgeable on the specific task or tasks relevant to the trainee, and to utilize tangible material that is comprehendible.”
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