The goal of a “train the trainer” process is to ensure those doing your training understand the different techniques they can use to effectively communicate the rules, regulations, policies and practices surrounding your company’s safety program.
While many safety trainers are very knowledgeable about the safety needs of a company and tend to be subject matter experts, I’ve found that these same people have never been provided the tools and training to effectively transfer their knowledge to others. (In other words, one might be exposed to a “death” by PowerPoint deck full of information without getting the point.)
As a safety trainer, my mission is to help you be the best safety dudes (or trainers) on the planet! Understanding the role of visual aids in your safety training is a first step.
Why Use Visual Aids in Your Safety Training?
As a trainer, you set the tone for the training and keep the energy flowing. Using visual aids can help you with this.
Use a variety of visual aids because more than likely your audience will be diverse – young and old, tech savvy and not, new to the job and seasoned, safety conscious and not – and not everyone learns the same way. Visual aids reinforce your message, clarify specific points and can even create a little excitement or energy among your participants.
In addition, use a variety of ways to deliver the visuals, too, such as:
- Prepared handouts
- White boards or a flip chart and easel to write on
- Video clips and/or photos
- PowerPoint slides
Visual aids – pictures, charts, graphs and more – help participants remember the information. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, literally. For instance, consider showing pictures or video clips of what safe work processes look like or the outcome of someone not following the processes outlined. (That is definitely one powerful way to get someone to remember something!)
Just a quick side note. PowerPoint decks, while very useful, are often seen as the presentation or training itself. In reality, it is just one tool to deliver your visual images. There are many times when training can be conducted without the use of a PowerPoint deck at all.
Train the Trainer
I am an OSHA-authorized trainer who also has expertise in training trainers. I focus on training safety trainers, giving practical, applicable and usable ways to help you ensure others “get” what they need to get.
As the safety trainer for your company, your role is to facilitate the learning of others and be a resource of information. And, if your company is going to invest the time and money in having their own employees do the training, you need to be effective.
Find more information about developing effective communication strategies in my other “train the trainer” blog posts.