Why VR?

Current safety training environments fall short on successfully educating a diverse workforce and maintaining high training retention rates. Instead, bare-minimum compliance standards continue to characterize a training curriculum delivered mostly in one language through lectures, handouts, videos, and online modules. Lack of meaningful hands-on experience leaves learners without the on-site, immersive training they require to fully recognize the scope of workplace risks and the best practices to mitigate and prevent unsafe incidents. A worker’s first time driving a forklift or operating a crane should not be on site; inexperience does not lead to the best outcomes.

NextWave’s Virtual Reality (VR) enhanced safety training is designed to reproduce practical scenarios in a virtual environment. The result is that we provide safe and effective guidance for situations that are too difficult, expensive, or dangerous to prepare for in the real world.

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Site Safety

Trainees inspect a site identifying hazards and demonstrating safety knowledge about the associated risks and remediation practices.

Beam Walk

An aptitude test for working at heights

Forklift Operator

Augment forklift safety training in an immersive warehouse environment


Test user’s electrical LOTO safety training in an immersive elevator machine room environment

Excavation Site Safety VR 360

Let users explore an active excavation project while learning core safety knowledge

Module Features

Fully immersive virtual workplaces and scenarios

Customizable environments and training content

Multilingual capabilities

Quantitative feedback with performance analytics

Coming in 2019

Active Shooter Survivor

Confined Spaces

Fall Protection

This highly-immersive curriculum for workers and safety professionals is offered on site or at one of NextWave’s partner training facilities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Greater DC Area, and California. We are constantly expanding into new areas.

Interested to learn more? Click here to contact our VR Safety Training Team at info@nextwavesafety.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What hardware do I need to use the modules?

    NextWave’s VR training software requires a PC computer running Windows 7/8/10 with a minimum of NVIDIA GeForce GTX970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 video card and an HTC Vive™ VR system.

  • How do I access and use each training module?

    With internet connection individual training modules can be downloaded remotely. They are launched and run via Steam VR.

  • Where can I use VR training?

    It can be housed in a dedicated training space (at least 10′ x 10′) or be easily packed into a mobile training kit.

  • How many people can use the VR training at once?

    Only one person can wear the VR headset at a time. By mirroring what is seen on a screen, an entire class can view the user’s progress and decision making in real time.

  • How much time is required to complete the VR training modules?

    From 2 to 15 minutes, depending upon module and training objectives.

  • Do I need an instructor?

    While we recommend the VR as an instructional tool to be used by a trainer, users can go through all modules independently and without oversight. All modules come with a user manual.

  • Do I need an IT team to setup?

    Nope! NextWave provides comprehensive guides to walk our users through the setup process for the equipment, software, and the actual use of the VR system.

  • Can I substitute any other VR systems?

    No, currently we only support the HTC Vive™.