From hospitals and healthcare to biotech R&D, virtual labs can be used to help your employees master lab techniques and safety protocols in a safe, virtual lab training environment. Read on to learn about the different use cases of virtual labs in safety training, as well as a brief summary of results from an extensive research study showing the effectiveness of virtual labs for delivering learning outcomes.
We discussed more about how Labster can be used in the corporate space in a previous webinar, Safety Training with Virtual Labs. Watch the recorded webinar here.
How can virtual lab simulations be used for safety training?
Labster’s simulations can be accessed on both laptops or virtual reality (VR) headsets for a variety of use cases. Safety training being one of the most popular, they can also be used to train employees with specific lab protocols, compliance & assessment, and more general lab skills. Outside of the lab, our simulations can be used to facilitate employee onboarding, train users to handle certain equipment, as well as train customers to increase sales.
In addition to performing simulated tasks and experiments, users can read through conceptual background information to gain a better understanding of the topic of training. This can be complemented with immersive animations and the ability to complete quiz questions to track their performance.
What simulations can be used for safety training?
Lab Safety is a great one to start off with, as its content can be applied to many different types of lab spaces.
Read our previous blog post, ‘Lab Safety Rules: 5 things you need to remember when working in a lab’, for a handy refresher on basic lab safety skills.
Our Biosafety simulation introduces users to a Containment Level 3 (Biosafety level 3, BSL-3) research laboratory, and introduces users to BSL-3 good practice and aseptic technique. This simulation is great for training users on how to handle hazardous pathogens without the risk of contamination or infection. Users are presented with the specific basic safety rules for BSL-3 labs (e.g. PPE and primary containment) and will learn how every part of the laboratory is designed to avoid contamination (e.g. fumigation in a microbiological safety cabinet).
In a previous blog post, ‘Biosafety: Learn how to stay safe around dangerous pathogens’, we go more in-depth on the basics of biosafety.
Working in a chemistry lab? Our Chemistry Safety simulation will train users on how to safely work with organic solvents. With virtual labs, users are free to experiment with dangerous chemicals without any risk of harm. Just like in a real lab, users can be introduced to working in a chemical fume hood, and proper disposal of different wastes. The simulation also covers a brief intro to CAS numbers and looking up H and P phrases in safety data sheets, to simulate how one would properly carry out safety checks before a chemical experiment.
Find a brief refresher of Chemistry lab safety rules in our blog post, ‘Chemistry lab safety rules: How to stay safe’.
Technique and concept simulations
Besides training users in basic lab safety rules and lab protocols, our simulations can also help refresh or reinforce certain concepts in the workplace, for example, the basics of Acids and Bases or how Protein Synthesis works, or train users in handling certain equipment (see: FACS, HPLC, Confocal Microscopy, Cell Culture Basics).
Labster’s proven benefits on users
To develop the most effective learning simulations, Labster’s simulations have been tested on employees and customers of our partners in a series of new publications from independent psychology, psychometrics and didactics researchers.
The graphs below are an exciting sneak peek into an extensive research study currently in the process of international peer-reviewed journals. In essence, the results show how Labster delivers significantly higher learning outcomes compared to traditional training methods.
Labster partners with top research institutions to understand how to develop better simulations for learning. Find a detailed list of publications on the effects of Labster’s virtual labs at labster.com/research.
Learn more about using Labster in your organization
Want to experience what it’s like to use a Labster simulation? Try out our Lab Safety demo lab for free!
If you’d like more information on how Labster can work for you and your organization, watch the recorded webinar, ‘Safety Training with Virtual Labs’, hosted by Mark Fuller, Product Marketing Manager, and Sam Butcher, Customer Development Manager.
Otherwise, reach out to us for more information on how you can start training with Labster’s innovative learning simulations today.