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Are you thinking of turning to Virtual Reality for your health and safety training? You may be cautious to trust emerging technologies for such crucial subject matter, but Virtual Reality could be safer, cheaper and more effective than traditional methods. Here’s what you need to know.

Virtual Reality: the safe, effective way to provide health and safety training

Virtual Reality is ideal for health and safety training. Traditional training can offer basic re-creations of hazards, but it is impossible to get anywhere close to the reality of an emergency in the classroom. The brain responds to Virtual Reality in a very similar way to real life, so VR health and safety training gives employees a chance to test their own stress reactions in a safe, simulated environment.

From fire protocols to first aid, Virtual Reality is now being used across the world and in multiple sectors to improve health and safety training. Just last week, Airborne Environmental Consultants launched a new virtual reality ‘Hazard House’, which is designed to help workers spot asbestos and legionella risks more effectively. Previously, workers would be shown pictures of what to look out for. This new programme fully immerses them in a 360-degree environment, without exposing them to any dangerous substances.

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Virtual Reality health and safety training cuts costs

Does your health and safety training require your employees to take time away from their duties? Does it involve room hire, travel, multiple facilitators or an interruption to normal operations? If so, Virtual Reality health and safety training could save you money.

The course, whether off-the-shelf or bespoke, is uploaded onto a headset and sent to you, for use at your convenience. Sessions can be staggered to reduce disruption. If you have multiple sites, the equipment can be easily transferred from one site to another without your employees having to travel. VR may sound futuristic and costly, but you might be surprised to find out how accessible it really is.

Virtual Reality health and safety training works

A study by the University of Maryland found that participants trained using Virtual Reality showed 9% better information recall, and made 41% fewer mistakes, than those trained via traditional methods. And the need for fast, effective recall is all the more important when dealing with dangerous situations.

To read more about the proven efficacy of VR training, read our blog, ‘The science of Virtual Reality learning’.

Find out more

If you’re interested in taking your health and safety training to the next level, get in touch. Absorb Reality is a specialist Virtual Reality training company that offers courses on health and safety, as well as a wide range of other topics. If you want something bespoke, we can design a course to suit your needs. Drop us a line on 0203 637 9336 or email us at learn@absorbreality.com.