In Australia safety training for mine workers is compulsory and workers cannot carry out any task at a mine site unless they have completed induction training. Online training programs in the mining industry are becoming more popular with the most common uses for e-learning being induction and regulatory training. Many companies focus on the technological aspects of their online learning programs and not the adult learning theories which underpin effective design. This paper offers insights into the challenges and opportunities found within online safety induction programs, based on a recent study in this field. The research itself examined mine workers’ perceptions of online site safety induction programs using quantitative and qualitative measures. The findings of this study suggest that the barriers to workers’ learning were mainly related to the design aspects of the program, particularly excessive, irrelevant and/or repetitive information.
Journal of Health, Safety and Environment / Vol. 30, No. 3, pp.1-16