With cleanliness and sanitation so top of mind these days, we felt it was important to share our recommendations for enhanced care and handling of VR headsets in an enterprise environment.
In fact, Immersive Learning is being used to onboard and train for highly impactful work situations. The approach offers an engaging and effective way to train in health and safety procedures, rolling out new processes and technology, dealing with potentially chaotic environments, and more. Companies have found that they can reduce training times by up to 96% while improving knowledge retention and employee confidence.
These headset hygiene practices are being developed in collaboration with Strivr customers, keeping in mind that every enterprise has different needs and processes. Ultimately, we recommend doing what’s best for your organization and are working closely with our customers to help them do just that. As the situation changes, new information and guidelines may become necessary.
If you are a Strivr customer, please contact your dedicated Customer Success Manager to formulate a customized hygiene plan.
VR headset cleaning principles
Before and after handling any VR training equipment, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Follow CDC handwashing protocol as outlined here.
Use disinfecting wipes to wipe down the headsets, controller, storage carts, and training areas. Keep in mind that some wipes can be harsh on the skin and should be supplemented with more skin-friendly wipes.
If possible, you may also wash the face pads and headset straps periodically, either with your own laundry facilities or through a professional cleaning service.
It is important to replace face pads and headset straps regularly, and if they are visibly worn or dirty. More frequent washing of face pads and straps will require more frequent replacement.
Advanced VR headset cleaning solutions
For high-volume VR training at scale, reach out to us to formulate a customized training and hygiene plan, and how to invest in supplementary equipment and/or resources.
Advanced recommendations include more frequent washing of face pads and headset straps. Another option is UV-C technology, which uses UV light to kill germs.
Labeling clean headsets with reusable paper inserts is another idea, and you could even list proper handling and disinfecting instructions on the insert.
Lastly, there are different types of disposable paper face masks, which can be easily attached and reduce direct contact with headset face pads.
Proper headset hygiene is an integral part of all VR training programs. We are providing these recommendations to help you with the cleaning and care of your VR headsets in administering Immersive Learning at scale. If you want to learn more, listen to Strivr CEO Derek Belch answer hygiene-related questions in our latest ‘Ask Me Anything’ webinar recording.