According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Work Related Injury Survey, 58 out of every 1000 workers experienced illness or sustained an injury at the workplace in 2009–10. This resulted in workplace absenteeism and resulted in organizations paying huge amounts as compensation.
So, how can you ensure the safety of your staff members? Well, training your people on safety norms and procedures goes a long way in reducing accidents at work and ensures their well-being. So, how can you develop a winning safety training program in your organization? Here are 4 steps that you need to follow to create a first-rate safety training program.
Step 1: Formulate a comprehensive training plan
Safety training can be beneficial to an organization, only when it is planned and designed properly. It is important to understand the training needs of your organization, safety risks involved and regulatory requirements of your industry. Based on these factors, you need to determine whether the training is to be delivered completely online or through a blend of the classroom training and eLearning formats. You also need to decide on the devices through which your course will be delivered.
For example, technicians are given detailed instructions on equipment handling and assembling, in a classroom training session or workshop. It may not be possible for them to remember all the information. The ’do’s and don’ts ‘of handling equipment or, while assembling a piece of machinery, can be good content for mobile learning.
Step 2: Collate resources
The next step is to collect all existing material that is relevant to your safety training program such as brochures, pamphlets, government regulations, videos, PDF and PPT files, videos, webinars, quizzes, and case-studies. Another very useful source of information is your managers and staff members. Their inputs are valuable because they are based on their experiences.
Step 3: Develop the curriculum
It is now time to develop the curriculum of your safety training program. Make sure that your curriculum is written in a simple language that is easily understood. It should be clear with dos and don’ts listed at the end. For instance,if you are developing a classroom training program, you need to assess the supporting instructional aids – videos, animations, posters and so on.
Here is an example:
|Food Safety and Food Quality||Introduction to the subject|
|Regional Food Safety Standards||Laws in different countries|
|Introduction to Food Safety Programs||Food safety programs|
|Pre-requisite Programs||What does u need to do before having a food safety program?|
|HACCP -Food safety standard (international)||Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points|
|Hazard Analysis||Part one of the implementation|
|Critical Control Points||Part Two of the implementation|
|Critical Control Points||monitoring the process|
|Verification||Verifying the process|
|Documentation and Records||Lastly documenting the findings|
|Knowledge Quiz||Final quiz for learner|
Step 4: Design learning content
Once you have developed the curriculum,you need to decide the activities that are going to be a part of it. Material can be in the form of quizzes, stories and risk maps. You can also provide guides and FAQs for complex terms or concepts that can be made available online or as printed documents.
Creating a successful safety training program not only ensures legal compliance but also prevents workplace injuries. The time and money spent by organizations towards safety training is a good investment rather than an expense. What do you think?