Employee training is a subject that’s never been taken lightly. While most businesses understand the importance of safety in the workplace – to protect company liability as much as their employees’ wellbeing – studies have shown that more than half of workplace accidents are due to human error. In 2015 alone, 4,836 workers were killed on the job.
Perhaps the most exasperating fact is that these fatalities and accidents could have been avoided with more robust employee training schemes. Until now, companies have heavily relied on programs where their employees passively watch safety procedures or read instructions on paper. But 2D information can be interpreted differently due to lack of detail and practice. Years down the line, they can easily forget what they’ve read or watched when brought face-to-face with a real-life emergency. Now, thanks to advancements in Virtual Reality, employees can be empowered with pragmatic, hands-on education to face such hazards head-on with intuitive, motor-learned skills.
Virtual Reality in the Workplace
VR has traditionally been associated with recreational gaming and entertainment avenues, but today, businesses are quick to pick up on its potential to save costs and reduce workplace accidents with simulations. This exponential learning, or ‘learning by doing’, is recognized as a far more powerful and effective way of training compared to its traditional counterparts. Seeing, hearing, and feeling real-time scenarios and processes conditions cognitive learning six times faster than 2D videos; habituating the mind to develop ‘muscle memory’ by shifting a conscious action into a subconscious reflex when faced with a real-life scenario.
OMNI: Transforming Employee Training
Newly-released Virtual Reality Safety Training solution OMNI calibrates the methodology of exponential learning, pooling gaming software and hardware to generate 3D images of machinery, sites, and people. Trainees are invited to ‘complete’ different modules by virtually interacting with simulations while reading or listening to instructions as they carry them out. Workers can quickly learn how to evacuate buildings, master equipment handling, and encounter time-sensitive emergencies under exact replicas of original sites. By doing so, they elevate engagement levels, accelerate response time and improve procedure accuracy.
Today, Virtual Reality safety training solutions like OMNI are sometimes absolutely necessary. Where experience on-the-job simply isn’t viable, VR enables professionals to explore unique situations. Aviation industries, for example, require their trainee pilots to undergo virtual experiences in order to learn how to respond to exceptional circumstances, where ‘real-life’ training simply isn’t available. Similarly, medical industries require rigorous training before students enter real life-or-death situations in ER and surgery, but they wouldn’t be able to perform surgery until actually needed. Virtual Reality training allows these kinds of employees to understand critical procedures with highly realistic simulations — which is as close to the real thing you can get for these kinds of unique circumstances.
Custom Virtual Reality Safety Training Environments
Versatility in training modules is indispensable for different site environments and various levels of experience. Businesses need to not only access an environment to exactly replicate a real site, but a way to select and tweak module types and curriculum for respective stages of training. Senior personnel on an oilfield site will need to know how to execute emergency evacuations, and newly-qualifying personnel will need to grasp how to safely operate day-to-day equipment. Other workers will simply need a refresher course with a virtual tour. OMNI allows you to customize how many times you’d like your trainees to physically undergo the same process in order to qualify individual modules, tailoring each as needed for certain scenarios within mining, aviation, construction, oil and gas, logistics, and medicine.
And so, with the power to assimilate custom environments with custom Virtual Reality safety training modules, companies are offered a vigorous, infallible, and cost-saving strategy to avoid injuries and fatalities at the workplace. OMNI seals the gap between the hypothetical experience of a tutorial and the concrete, visceral experience of handling and navigating real objects. Employees can train ‘on-site’, but the environment’s virtual equipment cannot be damaged, and neither the trainee nor the human simulation is in danger. Meanwhile, employees learn from real-time consequences and quickly readjust, while enhancing their own service deliverability and productiveness at the same time.
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