One of the many responsibilities of an employer is to create a workplace safety training program. Employers that manage to do this successfully can benefit in many different ways. This task may take some time and effort but in the end it will be money well spent.
Benefits of a Workplace Safety Training Program
- Less Worker injuries and claims
- Lower insurance premiums
- Reduce cost of workers compensation
- Safe workplace environment
- Prevent Future incidents
- Stay in compliance with OSHA regulations
Creating an effective Training Program that Meets OSHA requirements.
- Determine what safety training is needed or required
Employers should first think about what training would serve them best and if training is the best option. If an issue arises from employee performance, rather then the workplace environment, then training is the most effective way to solve this problem. Training programs can be used to address an employees lack of knowledge and teach them proper procedures, equipment usage and safe work practices.
When looking into employee performance, it is best to identify the type of issue to determine the best approach. If problems are the result of employee motivation and attitude other choices may have to be considered.
2. Identify Workplace Safety Training Needs and Objectives
When an employer has decided that training is the correct route to take the next step is identifying which areas need improvement in order to select the correct training. This starts by understanding the specific information an employee needs to perform his work activities in a safe manner.
Job hazard analysis is a great method to discovering the amount of training required by an employee. A job hazard analysis is the documentation of the specific steps during a task and then analyzing this data to find potential hazards that may put employees at risk. After the hazards and risks have been identified it is then possible to develop detailed learning objectives and create future training goals.
3. Develop and conduct workplace safety training and activities
After your training goals have been clearly identified, training and learning activities that support those objectives may be properly developed. The type of training an employer chooses should directly apply to the workers specific duties and should also consider which methods, materials and resources are need to effectively convey the message
The next step is to schedule and conduct the training being sure that the training is provided by a reliable source. Training providers should be sure that the information is conveyed in a clear and precise manner to students. Participation and hands-on activities is also important in helping students remember the information learned.
4. Create a Safety Training Post Report
The job is not over after the training has been completed. It is still extremely important to review what the workers have learned in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. The best way to be sure of the training’s effectiveness is to perform an evaluation.
- Observe employees behavior and performance after training to ensure activities are performed correctly
- Request feedback from employees
- Record workplace data in order to examine it in the future to find trends such as reduced incident rates. This will be an indicator to whether or not the training was successful.
5. Improve Your Safety Training Program
Based on your post report, you should be able to identify if further training is needed or how to improve training next time around. When reviewing the effectiveness of your safety training program there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
- Determine if there is a better method that can be used to conduct training
- After observing employees activities decide if your training needs were met.
- Revise Training if improvement is needed.
- Review your job hazard analysis to make sure all the potential hazards were taken into account