Visual Methods have always been considered as one of the best ways to communicate. No wonder it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
In the world of Industrial EHS (Environment, Health & Safety), safety training is considered as one of the most important and basic aspects in achieving work-place safety goals. Safety animation videos are motion pictures which are created to assist such training and keeping work-forces safe at the workplace. Safety animation videos make these safety training programs interactive and effective. They are one of the best ways for training as they can manifest thought processes into practically visible form. Here are a few benefits that animation movies provide for enhancing training performances;
Illustrating Things That Are Too Dangerous to Film or Demonstrate in Real Life
Industrial incidents or accidents are a reality that one has to live with, however, a true safety custodian will ensure that lessons are learnt and events are not repeated. A replication of the incident could be a great way to learn lessons but it’s difficult to film it or recreate it into a video. This is where animation can be used for recreating the incident scenarios and further used in safety trainings. The benefit of animation is that one can recreate the incident or accident to an exact replica.
E.g. an incident occurring in confined space might be difficult to replicate by video filming using cameras. However, using animation technologies, restricted spaces can be recreated using 3D models and the scenario can be replicated to an exact.
Showing “Hidden” Views or presenting close-ups
In line with incidents, there are some sections (whether in engineering, manufacturing or projects) which are difficult to be filmed using ‘live’ video. Animation can be used to represent cross sections of machinery, cut-outs of products, SOPs, assembly chronologies, operating sequences and many more. Hidden views or close-ups of parts inside working mechanism of any tools can be easily shown through animation. A Safety animation movie can better explain the mechanism of a SOP in slow motion and/or zoomed form for better understanding of safe work procedures.
Making the Invisible Visible with Safety Animation Movie
Some scenarios are tough to even imagine or represent and yet, they are a reality that requires utmost attention. Here again, animation technologies are available for reproducing such hypothetical events (imagination) into movies. Such movies serve as great examples for preventing unforeseen events.
For e.g. in excavation activities, some of the Safety Trainings need to show different layers and hazards that are unimaginable yet real. There are multiple situations where hazards are invisible and are required to be represented effectively to make the safety training more productive. View a sample for knowing more about how animation can be used to show such events:
Highlighting for better focus and explanation
Most of the movies made can be very good in quality, however, if it cannot sensitize a person towards the importance of safety, then the objective of the video is lost. Background sounds, graphical visuals and high definition video quality are important but do not (in any way) represent or demonstrate the criticality of safety. It is imperative that critical portions of the movie are highlighted in a manner that information can be retained for a longer period. Such critical sections can be highlighted in a much better manner in animation movies.
It can be safely concluded that animated safety videos are far more interactive, effective and able to make safety training programs better, compared to other, conventional, training methods.
- Animation videos can be used for showing incident scenarios or unimaginable demonstrations easily and effectively.
- Combination of Audio and Visuals in Animation movies make it many times more interactive.
- Animation can reach places where trainees can’t reach (for training purposes).
- Safety animation videos are cost effective and easier to produce compared to ‘real life’ video shot films.