There are many different types of training courses available for businesses, but today’s technology has made it possible for us all to receive online learning with little hassle or expense. Therefore, it is no surprise that online EHS training has become popular as a result of its convenience and affordability. But is online learning always the best option?
The truth is that there are many potential pitfalls of online learning that can significantly reduce its effectiveness and lead you to waste time and money further down the line when you think you’re getting something out of it at first glance. Here is a list of some things you may want to think about when deciding whether to go online or use traditional classroom based training:
- What is the cost?
It’s easy to assume that an online course is going to be much cheaper than a traditional classroom training course, but this is not always the case. You can spend hundreds of dollars on an online EHS training course and then have it become completely worthless in the end because of poor quality communication, lack of feedback and other problems that are related to the delivery method. Therefore, you should ask yourself whether you can afford a poor quality course in order to save money.
- Is it international?
As we mentioned above, EHS compliance is becoming more and more popular across the globe and EHS professionals are required in many different countries outside of North America, such as Japan and Australia . In order for your company to be fully compliant with these regulations, it will need to have a team trained on how best to conduct business in every country. If you are planning on expanding into another country, you should at least consider the expense of having a dedicated team that can conduct business in every country.
- Are there different levels of training?
If your company has multiple locations, or is a multi-national corporation, you may need to have different levels of EHS training for each location. For example, if your company has offices in Japan and Australia , both countries have very different regulations with regards to EHS compliance. You may need to have a separate team trained on how best to comply with these regulations in each country. Read more about various levels of training.
- Will the course cover all aspects of EHS?
In order for you or your employees to be fully compliant with all aspects of the EHS standards (including electrical safety and health), it is important that you take the time and take advantage of an online course that covers all aspects of the standard. For example, many online courses will only include information about electrical safety and health without including information about the fire and building codes that are applied in each country.
- Will you be able to review and use the course material?
If you’re looking for a company that will provide you with a comprehensive EHS training, you should make sure that they can provide you with all of their courses in an easy-to-use format. Not only should they allow you to view their course materials online, but they should also be able to provide you with access to all of their training materials in a digital format so that you can continue to use them long after your initial training is complete.