Workplace Safety Training and the Missing Link
For many businesses, there’s a missing link in the workplace safety training process. Let’s look at what type of health and safety training you must offer workers:
- A general induction and basic safety training.
- Specific training for the tasks they will perform.
- Refresher training when required.
- It must be easy to understand, even for those with varied language abilities.
- Literacy skills and disabilities need to be taken into account.
You must also verify that the worker is competent to carry out the task for which you’ve trained him.
Workers must understand all relevant health and safety information about their jobs and the workplace. They must also be aware of any risks involved, and how to control those risks.
There may be numerous courses needed to fulfil your duty of care.
Some workplace safety training courses may need presenting often. For example, refreshers or training revisions may require repeating at set intervals such as annually. Others may need updating due to changes in climate, location, equipment or processes.
Then you have the “Verification of Competency”. Business owners and managers are now responsible for ensuring a worker is competent in the training they’ve received.
How can you be sure workers attended training and understood the material?
Should you have exams with pass marks?
Training these days is much more than presenting an induction and sending them out to a job.
The missing link in the training process for many businesses is MANAGEMENT.
Almost every process of business management today is handled by digital systems. Processes are linked and synchronised for nearly every step. Conversely, health and safety management, especially workplace safety training, is still in the dark ages. Using manila folders and filing cabinets are still common in many businesses.
In today’s environment prosecutions of businesses that don’t conform to health and safety legislation are very common.
You don’t need to look far to find a business that has suffered heavy fines and massive personal stress. Many have become insolvent. In most cases, these businesses THOUGHT they had it right. It wasn’t until an accident occurred that it was proven not to be the case.
To avoid the fines and stress of health and safety violations, we must manage health and safety better. It’s time to treat health and safety as you would your accounting, Namely, with a system that tracks every aspect and doesn’t forget critical information.