The future of Radiation Protection Training (face-2-face vs online training)

“Live online radiation safety training will never deliver the face-2-face experience”

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has had severe effects on the whole hospitality industry, and companies in general. Running face-2-face training courses at a client site will soon be easier as lockdown is rolled back. At least on a company site you have some specific control over room space and number of delegates. For this reason, we see bespoke on site radiation safety training courses being the first to be available in the coming weeks – we have a few lined up already. The clients are making large meeting room available in order that social distancing can be maintained. Forget the snacks bowls on the table, and the buffet lunch, but at least face-2-face training can be delivered.

Face-2-face radiation protection training courses are best

Ionactive has been involved in the creation and delivery of radiation safety course since 2005. Mark Ramsay (Radiation Protection Adviser), has trained 1000’s of delegates over this time at awareness level, Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) training, bespoke training onsite and courses specifically designed for the emergency services. This training experience, and delegate feedback, has confirmed that face-2-face training with a group of delegates sat together in the same space is is best. A good trainer reacts to delegate feedback (this being direct or subtle) and delivers the training accordingly. In addition, there is face-2-face interaction between delegates, each in the group is influenced by others. Finally, its not just about interaction during the formal training time, but in the breaks, lunch and after hours. Part work, part social, this interaction is very important and with courses lasting more than a day you can see a distinct warming between delegates during days 2 and 3 (etc) as they get to know each other.

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