According to Labelmaster’s global Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook survey, almost 76% of DG pros utilize training as one of their primary sources of guidance to keep current with the latest DG regulations. Yet 25% feel their company’s training does not adequately prepare people within the organization to comply with DG shipping regulations.
One of the major barriers to effective DG training is that many view it simply as a “necessary evil.” Consequently, minimal effort is directed toward it. Another barrier is that many companies lack the necessary infrastructure to put forth value-added training that supports compliance across the supply chain in the first place.
As a result, what training employees do receive can be ineffective, leaving organizations vulnerable to putting their brand and customer relationships at risk. In fact, 15% of DG pros say “insufficient or ineffective training” is their greatest compliance challenge.
Organizations must continue to adapt training processes to keep pace with the changing business environment, which includes remote work. Online e-learning is one way to accomplish more cost-effective DG training on a remote basis, and positively impact operations while simultaneously improving the quality of hazmat training. Online training can be especially useful in helping employees digest complicated DG shipping regulations in general.
Other benefits of embracing an e-learning platform to revamp DG training processes include:
E-learning tech platforms amplify the value of DG training in the following ways:
As shipping DG becomes increasingly complex, and regulations continue to evolve, it’s clear that many organizations will need to rethink their training programs in order to better prepare personnel. This is especially true for organizations that have historically just “checked the box” with regard to compliance training. Moving forward, organizations must understand the shortcomings of current training regimens, and evolve them to keep pace with industry and organizational changes.
Rhonda Jessop is director, Global Learning, with Labelmaster.
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