Cornell University

Workplace Health & Safety

237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, 716-852-4191

Train-the-Trainer for Lead Safe Work Practices


This one-day workshop is intended to provide information and techniques in learning methods, presentation skills, and motivation for trainers training workers on the issues of lead safe work practices. In this workshop, learning methods specific to the teaching of adults are emphasized, along with recent information on how the brain learns as illustrated by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

What if your trainees are the "hands-on" types – they need to work with something in order to understand it?  Yet, of all the teaching styles available to us, lecturing at people is very common, but is the least effective: people typically retain about 5% of the information presented to them this way. (Even audiovisual techniques only increase retention to 20%.) But, so often, we keep on talking at them -- often wasting their time, boring them, or putting them to sleep. 

This workshop explores the basics of how the brain learns by giving the audience the opportunity (through a participatory exercise) of understanding their own preferred learning styles.  We tend to teach using the learning style we ourselves prefer, but this may not be the best way of reaching many of our trainees. 

It is important for us to realize that using 3 or 4 different learning styles in a training program enables us to effectively reach virtually all of the audience through their 1st or 2nd choice of preferred learning style.  This approach makes training more interesting, more fun, and substantially more effective. 

For example, when trainees have the opportunity to try other learning styles, such as by discussing the health and safety issues of lead, reviewing case histories, solving problems, or working with real equipment, their retention of information jumps to 50 – 75%. The examples and exercises used in the workshop illustrate the issues of lead safe work practices.