Safety training is crucial for workplace preparedness, especially in high-risk industries like oil and gas. Virtual reality (VR) training solutions offer a powerful alternative to traditional methods.
Shell, who has recently adopted the IOGP’s nine Life-Saving rules, has been using Pixaera as part of their safety management plan and the response has been “overwhelmingly positive” Steven Wrobleski, their HSSE manager (Americas) says.
Though Shell had already experience VR training prior to working with us, Pixaera's high quality, realism, and overall deployement and method really stood out: "Quite frankly, I was blown away the first time I saw it. […] It really feels like you are dropped on an offshore platform or into an operating plant somewhere in the world.” explains Wrobleski.
They shared their experience with us in this short video.
A large number of workers prefer hands-on training: it often results in improved engagement and better knowledge retention; VR safety training provides a solution by offering realistic simulations that give workers the opportunity to experience scenarios in a practical yet safe manner. It allows the simulation of hazardous conditions that would be difficult to implement or dangerous to replicate in real life, especially in high-risk industries.
“We are not going to put people in harm's way in order to train but in the virtual world, you can do that, right? And that's really part of the power.” Wrobleski adds.
Through immersive play, VR safety software allows workers to explore machinery and encounter realistic scenarios; practicing tasks in an stress-free environment to prepare them for high-pressure situations. It enables workers to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for safe work completion.
Like Wrobleski explains “Historically, we've really been focused on preventing all injuries within Shell. […] We call that goal zero. While we continue to focus on really reducing the likelihood of any injuries, we are really starting to focus more on serious injuries and fatalities”. Ideally, employees can develop essential skills and the company help promote a zero-incident safety culture.
Working with Shell has been pivotal in providing an opportunity for Pixaera to create VR training and hone our understanding of virtual training best practices. More than ever, we believe VR will revolutionize the safety training space.