Why E-Learning Is Shaping the Future for H&S Training

IOSH By Matthew Coombes

Let’s face it, from 2020 through 2021, and potentially into 2022, it’s been a rough time for nearly everyone.

Unless you can sit this pandemic out on a luxury yacht while people make money for you, you’re still working just as hard as before, just with constant change to deal with.

Personally, my job is office-based and the pandemic has seen me on furlough, training on furlough, working fully remotely, working mostly remotely, and now working 3 days at the office and two days at home.

I’m sure that this situation is familiar in at least one way with most employees and employers, but the thing that stands out to me as a pivotal and positive move during this time was undertaking my NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety online via e-learning.

I think that it’s a pretty safe bet to say that e-learning is shaping the future of training, especially for the health and safety industry, and in this article, I’m going to explain why.


As a health and safety advisor one thing that stands out to me as an important reason why e-learning is the future of health and safety training is that it’s safe.

With COVID-19 still looming over our heads like an angry swarm of bees, it’s safe to say that the no-human interaction option is mathematically the safest when it comes to training at this present moment. No exposure means no risk!

Environmental sustainability

On the whole, e-learning is better for the environment. There are still greenhouse emissions related to the hosting of online platforms and your electricity as you access the platform, but these emissions are small in comparison to the emissions of driving yourself to a training venue, or even catching public transport – especially now that a large portion of our national grid electricity comes from low carbon sources. At the time of writing this article, wind was producing a whopping 24.51% (10.92 Gigawatts) of our electricity requirements!

Accessibility and flexibility

To access e-learning all you need is a suitable computer, laptop, tablet or even phone. You can log onto your account from anywhere with an internet connection so it’s always there when you need it. Whether that’s for scheduled studying or just when you’ve got a few minutes to spare. This flexibility makes it one of the most accessible methods of study possible. Whether you’re employed part time or full time, whether you’re in the career you’re studying currently, it doesn’t matter. Just pop online and learn.

E-learning courses also cost less because there is no tutor or venue to pay, and we can pass these savings onto the consumer. We frequently run offers on all of our NEBOSH Online courses throughout the year, so there’s often a bargain to be had!

So, to wrap up, e-learning is better for you, better for the environment and costs much less! If that isn’t the future of learning, I don’t know what is!

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