According to a report by Rockwell Automation, every year six million workers suffer from non-fatal workplace injuries, resulting in an annual cost of more than $125 billion to United States businesses. I think these facts are enough to give you an idea on the importance of Safety training. In the last blog, we have seen why health and safety at workplace is important. In this blog I will be talking about how to meet your organization’s health and safety training needs.
Who needs it?
Managers, supervisors, workers and everyone who is reading this blog needs safety training. Safety training is mandatory at all levels of staff. Even the top management should not be exempted from the safety training.
What Health and Safety training Should include?
- Workplace policies, safety procedures and practices.
- General induction training; e.g. incident reporting, avoiding hazards, evacuation and medical emergency procedures.
- Job-specific training e.g. operating an equipment, safety regulations.
- The consequences of exposure to the hazards, e.g. noise, substances hazardous to health, vibration.
- Every training should impart appropriate skills and knowledge to the employees, so that they can perform their work safely, in accordance to the legislative requirements.
We have seen what curriculum a Health and safety training needs to cover, let’s see how you can deliver the Health and safety program in the workplace.
Step 1 – Identify training needs
- Identify what skills and knowledge are required for staff to perform their job safely and compare these skills against their current knowledge and skills. This will give you an idea of skills gap.
- Dig out previous injuries and accident records , this will give you can idea what curriculum to include in your training programs.
- Check what health and safety programs the law requires you to carry out.
- Lay out the training priorities considering new recruits, people working on new equipments, job responsibilities etc.
- For feedback and advice consult supervisors and managers to roll out a right training program.
Step 2 – Identifying the training programs
Here are some training programs accredited by Health and Safety Authority (HSA) that every manager involved in Health and Safety training should consider.
- Occupational safety and health training – to avoid injuries at workplaces.
- Safety machine handling and manual handling – to avoid accidents.
- Environmental safety programs – to avoid air or ground contamination.
- Health and Lifestyle in the workplace – this includes stress management training, sleep management, health and lifestyle training etc.
- First Aid Training – where nominated employees are taught vital skills for doing first aid.
- Fire Safety courses – This training teaches staff some practices to protect themselves from fire accidents.
- Food and Hygiene – This training covers best practices in food manufacturing and food preparation.
- Security training courses – This training specifically caters to security guards and staff in dealing with unidentified threats in the workplace.
Step 3 – Choosing the training delivery methods
Once the training programs are identified, it is now time to develop and deliver those training programs to employees. These training programs can be delivered through the following methods:
On the job training: This is a practical training method and involves no costs, but is inconsistent and incomplete, since it does not follow a lesson guide.
Classroom training: Classroom training gives you the human touch, which is missed in technology, based learning. On the flip side, you have to pull employees off the job, which cuts into their working time.
E-learning: eLearning is flexible, cost effective and learners can access the programs anytime and anywhere. On the flip side developing an eLearning course in-house may require lot of skills and can be time consuming, it is suggested to outsource to an eLearning vendor.
Through this blog and the last blog, we have seen “Why and how an Organization can prove the value of safety to its employees”. If you have any thoughts on why safety training is mandatory, do share with me.