Few safety managers know that Worksafe BC has a great collection of safety awareness videos available free of charge on their website
. They even have a 70 minute WHMIS video, which is comparable to $20 to $30 versions available elsewhere online. Why aren't more people using these videos? It's because there's no way to track which employees have taken the courses, or in other words, no Safety Management System to administer the training.
The website does offer the ability to send email links to as many as 10 addresses, which helps inform other potential students that the courses are available. The "system" ends there unfortunately. No reminders, no tracking, no expiry, no reporting.
That's where SafetySync comes in. We've incorporated these videos into our system as alternatives to our avatar-instructed courses.
We've added a few features to ensure the system works as it should:
1. We provide users the choice of quality for the videos. This allows faster downloads for users with slow internet connections.
2. Users cannot
fast-forward the videos. This ensures that all employees do not skip ahead without watching the videos.
3. We've added quizzes to the lessons. This ensures that employees understand the material.
Customers that have enabled these Worksafe BC versions into their SafetySync SMS report that the videos offer some much appreciated variation, which helps keep their employees interested throughout their orientation and training. Administrators can preview all versions without acutally turning them on, so feel free to check them out. You will be impressed. Although a handful of the videos as a bit old, they are well-produced, and have just the right amount of humour or gore, when appropriate.
The list of lessons is extensive, including the aforementioned WHMIS, as well as Tagout / Lockout, Fall Protection, Overhead Powerlines, and Emergency Response Planning.