by Brianna Crandall — October 30, 2019 — The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a global nonprofit, has added to its occupational safety and health education offerings. ASSP is taking live classroom safety training and adding virtual participants via two-way video projection, meaning that a safety-related professional can get the benefits of face-to-face instruction from their home or office without the travel time or expense — and immediately put it into practice to create a safer work environment.
The new learning option — called Live Virtual Classroom — will enable virtual participants to ask the instructor questions in real time, interact with the entire class, and even join the class when breaking into small groups for discussion. Virtual participants will see everyone in the classroom, and the class will see the virtual participant.
Chris Ballman, director of Professional Development, stated:
We’re removing barriers and making it easier than ever to receive high-quality continuing education that can help advance your safety career. It’s a next-generation approach to educating groups of safety professionals across the country and around the world, and we’re really excited about it.
Virtual participants must have a computer equipped with a webcam and audio, and have Internet access. On the day of the course, technical support will be available by phone to help participants get set up.
The Live Virtual Classroom debuted with five instructor-led safety training courses held in Dallas in October:
- Advanced Safety Management Methods: Whether the learner is a safety executive or emerging safety professional, the three-day course helps participants develop the knowledge and tools to improve safety performance in any organization. Strategies focus on risk, business and the reality of human performance.
- Influential Leadership Skills: Today’s safety professional must influence executive management through effective guidance. The two-day course helps participants learn the principles of leadership, strategic thinking and planning while discussing techniques for influencing management.
- Math Review: The course provides an extensive overview of the math skills required on safety certification exams. Participants practice solving challenging math questions.
- ASP Exam Prep Course: Participants engage in preparation for the associate safety professional (ASP) examination required for ASP certification. The course involves lectures, sample problem-solving and a discussion of essential occupational safety and health topics.
- CSP Exam Prep Course: Participants engage in preparation for the certified safety professional (CSP) examination required for CSP certification. The course involves lectures, sample problem-solving and a discussion of essential occupational safety and health topics.
To get more information on ASSP’s comprehensive education offerings, or the Society’s Online Learning offerings such as upcoming recorded, on-demand LearnEx online courses, or other upcoming virtual learning events such as the Live Virtual Classroom courses, safety professionals can visit the Society’s website.