, Published 25 Feb 2022
What is a One Point Lesson?
A One Point Lesson (OPL) is a training tool used in various industries, such as manufacturing, to teach employees a single point, theme, concept, or idea. It typically contains two pictures, one featuring a bad example or practice and the other featuring a good example or practice. Under these two pictures is a short text description about the one point lesson.
One Point Lesson Template
Both managers and employees, especially in manufacturing, can use this one point template to do the following:
- Create a one point lesson by capturing photos of the bad example and good example, as well as typing in a brief summary of the one point lesson
- Get the one point lesson approved by asking the department head or manager to add their digital signature that’s automatically time-stamped
- Add training records in the final page and specify the dates, trainers, and trainees
In this article
- Who Can Create One Point Lessons?
- How Do You Write a One Point Lesson?
- One Point Lessons with SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor)
- More SafetyCulture Features for OPL
Who Can Create One Point Lessons?
Anyone in the organization can create one point lessons, as long as they have experience in the subject of the lesson and are prepared to share correct and accurate information on the topic. Managers can also use the one point lesson as an opportunity to observe and perform the tasks causing issues or needing improvement. Even newly-hired employees should be able to create one point lessons since they may have a fresh perspective on the operations of the organization or facility and can significantly improve current processes using new ideas and concepts.
How Do You Write a One Point Lesson?
Write a one point lesson by doing the following:
- Use a one point lesson template. Why use a template? Other employees can use the same template for future one point lessons. By promoting the use of this template in your organization, you’re also standardizing the structure and process of making OPLs.
- Specify which area of the facility and which production line the one point lesson will apply to, unless the OPL is intended to apply to all areas and/or all production lines.
- Note the program that the one point lesson is a part of (the general theme) and the subcategory it’s in (the specific objective). This will help you organize your OPLs.
- Choose from the one point lesson types—safety, basic knowledge, improvement case, and troubleshooting. You can select more than one.
- Take and attach a photo of a bad example and of a good example. Depending on the content of your one point lesson, it can be a picture of equipment or a visual diagram.
- Write a text description that’s simple and easy-to-understand. It should summarize the two photos above and should only be one paragraph.
- Ask your department head or manager to review and approve the one point lesson. Include their signature and the date it was signed in the OPL.
One Point Lessons with SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor)
SafetyCulture is a digital operations platform that empowers employees to take the initiative when it comes to learning and training and also facilitates collaboration between management and workers in reducing the number of incidents, breakdowns, and overall inefficiency using one point lessons.
3 ways to write one point lessons using SafetyCulture:
- Using the one point lesson template
- Adding a one point lesson to other checklists
- Creating a Heads Up for the one point lesson
Use photos and takeaways from previous inspections as the basis for your one point lessons.
Download SafetyCulture now. In the free plan, you can add up to 9 other users to your account. Create checklists, edit templates, conduct inspections, checks, and audits, and perform routine equipment maintenance all using SafetyCulture for free.
More SafetyCulture Features for OPL
OPL in Procedural Checklists
How to add a one point lesson to other checklists in SafetyCulture:
- Download any checklist for free from the Public Library
- In the Template Editor, select the question that’s most related to the one point lesson
- On the left, select the ‘+’ sign with the word ‘Question’ under it
- Select the type of response beside the new question field (on the right)
- Change the type of response to the ‘Instruction’ response type
- In the question field, type in “One Point Lesson - Bad Example”
- Select the word ‘Upload image’ below the question field
- Upload an image of the bad example or practice
- Repeat steps 3-8 for the good example or practice
- Share the checklist with employees and they’ll be reminded of the one point lesson whenever they perform the procedure using the checklist
Simple OPL Using Heads Up
Creating a Heads Up for the one point lesson:
- If you’ve just downloaded a SafetyCulture checklist or template, select ‘Back to list’ on the upper left corner
- On the leftmost column, select ‘Heads Up’ from the list of SafetyCulture features
- Select the ‘+ Create Heads Up’ button on the upper right corner
- After completing the quick tutorial, you can add the photos of the bad example and good example by selecting ‘+ Add media’ at the top
- Type in “One Point Lesson” or whatever you think is appropriate as the Title
- Type in a short description summarizing the one point lesson as the Description
- Select ‘Choose people’ under ‘Assign to’ and assign the Heads Up to another SafetyCulture user, a group of users, or to yourself
- You can also choose to share the Heads Up externally to people without SafetyCulture accounts by selecting ‘Create link’ on the lower right of the People section (it’s also on the right of ‘Share externally’)
- Select the ‘Copy link’ button and share the link with the relevant personnel after publishing or saving the Heads Up
- Select the ‘Publish’ button or the ‘Save’ button