Virtual Reality Health and Safety Training
VRE present our virtual reality training platform.
Offering engaging training on a range of key subjects.
Allowing companies to introduce VR training to their organisations easily and cost effectively, our platform is ideal for induction training of new starters, refresher sessions for long-serving employees or ongoing training for the whole company.
Virtual reality is well suited to health and safety training, with academic research demonstrating increased retention of critical safety knowledge when learned through VR. Increased knowledge retention in turn has a significant impact on workplace safety.
You may be aware that airline pilots spend many hours training in virtual flight simulators, allowing them to experience a range of scenarios in complete safety.
Recent advancements in virtual reality technology mean that VR training is no longer only available to businesses with deep pockets or facing high risks. Now, even SMEs can take advantage of VR training as part of their health and safety programmes.
Our company are VR training specialists, offering both off-the-shelf training products and bespoke training design for specific applications and industries.
If you’re looking to improve your health and safety training using the power of VR, we are happy to discuss your requirements.
Our team includes experienced IOSH chartered health and safety experts, allowing us to offer appropriate training, super-charged by virtual reality.
H&S Training The VRE Way
Slips, Trips and Falls
Our slip, trips and falls training module challenges users to identify safety hazards in a simulated environment.
At the end of the assessment, learners discuss their responses with their trainer, helping them to understand anything they missed.
Fire Safety Awareness
The Fire Safety Awareness module checks users understanding of the correct response to encountering a fire.
Raising the alarm and finding a safe evacuation route are prioritised, with an optional section teaching team members how to select and use the appropriate fire extinguisher for different fire types.
This module also includes optional training on routine testing as part of a fire management process. For example, emergency lighting tests, alarm tests, evacuation drills and fire extinguisher checks are covered.
Harassment and Bullying
The harassment and bullying module tackles the sensitive subject of inappropriate behaviour that can take place in a workplace.
As the trainee travels through the virtual workplace, they will come across a series of situations that may or may not constitute workplace bullying or harassment.
Trainees are challenged to identify situations correctly and are walked through the correct and incorrect responses to each situation in turn.
The confined spaces training module places trainees in a VR scenario where they are operating in a confined space workplace.
Learners are guided through the process of identifying the confined space, and are introduced to strategies to prevent workplaces from becoming confined in the first place.
Users are challenged to make the confined workplace safe before entering it.
Documentation, risk assessments and safety equipment relevant to confined spaces are introduced, and learners are taught how to use these tools effectively and safely.
Our team are able to bespoke any of our existing VR training modules to better suit your business’ needs.
We can remodel the virtual environment to represent your own workplace or add extra features, challenges and options.
The sky is the limit. Contact us to discuss the possibilities of bespoke content.
Track, Record, Analyse with our VR Learning Management System
Our VR training platform allows you measure trainees’ behaviour and performance in each of our modules.
Track who completed the module, how long they took and what choices they made.
Understand trends in this data and get answers to important questions such as which mistakes your team make most often. Gain insights into revisions you should make to your existing training materials. Learn what approach your teams take in the VR training simulations.
This invaluable information can be analysed by session, groups, departments or the organisation as a whole.
Why VR for H&S?
VR gives learners to freedom to fail
You learn to ride a bike by wobbling – and then learning to balance.
Being able to see the consequences of our actions has informed our learning throughout our lives. VR allows workers to make mistakes and ignore processes, and observe the consequences – without risking any actual harm.
This makes for highly effective training that teaches why a job needs to be carried out in a certain way, as opposed to simply being taught a process.
VR can simulate high risk environments
Moving vehicles or trains, and working at height make it difficult and dangerous to train some workers on a real work site.
However, classroom training alone can lack a sense of realism such that learners don’t develop the increased level of hazard awareness needed to stay safe on site.
VR can provide the bridge between classroom and onsite training. For example:
- Trainee offshore wind turbine engineers can be trained in key aspects of repair and maintenance without having to go to the site. They can also remotely train in how to work safely at height and in the use of rescue equipment
- Workers in the construction industry can be trained to look out for vehicle movements, objects falling from height, trenches and excavations, as well as routine trip hazards, in a simulated environment
- Road construction and rail track maintenance workers can be trained to carry out their tasks whilst maintaining awareness of vehicle or train movements around them
VR can simulate difficult to access environments
If you need to train team members for a project based abroad, or where the working conditions could be risky, teaching them how to carry out that task in a virtual environment means they can build up their competence first, and then transfer those skills to the real environment.
VR can simulate training with expensive and bulky equipment
For example, heavy plant used in mining or construction can be simulated for use in induction, on-going and refresher training.
VR allows for a range of assessment options, especially useful for H&S training, allowing you to:
- Identify which of your employees have knowledge gaps
- Discover problems with your H&S processes – are everyone making the same mistakes?
- Target follow up training resources at those who really need it
- Test processes before they are implemented in the field and anticipate and mitigate risks early
- Collect behavioural data and run analyses
Oculus Go – for mobile safety applications
Oculus Go is our go-to training tool for large teams or mobile training sessions. Allowing both 360 video training and immersion in VR environments, the Oculus Go is a cost effective and lightweight choice.
Oculus Rift – for more in-depth realistic applications
When a high level of realism and tracking are required, the Oculus Rift is a great choice for H&S training. Allowing hazard identification in a VR environment, the Rift allows operatives to operate complex machinery and practice processes in a highly detailed virtual environment.
HTC Vive – for when large roomscale is required
Similar to the Oculus Rift, but with larger roomscale tracking. This option is useful where you need more space for your VR training and for your trainees to be able to move around larger simulated spaces.
Hololens – when you want to train in real world environments
Hololens, from Microsoft, is a great addition to H&S training. It allows users to view additional instructions and guidance, overlaid onto the real world environment.
Hololens does not replace the users view, instead super imposing crucial information via augmented reality. This information offers support, guidance and instruction on key operations and processes.
Hololens also allows expert users to piggyback on their training session and support them in real-time on the job.
Additional Resources and Support from VRE
Health and Safety (HS) Consultancy
Our team includes health and safety consultants with years of experience across many sectors. This background allows us to review all your existing HS processes and paperwork, and provide additional consulting around the VR implementation to ensure you are compliant and operating to best practice across the board.
VRE can provide all the virtual reality hire and equipment you may need for any HS training and our technical teams can cater to any size of HS training programmes at any location in the EU. Alternatively, we can also provide long term VR hire and train your own teams in its use.