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Is It Time for Training

Many training articles are focused on the content of training. But another equally valid consideration is when to train, which is the topic of today’s Advisor.

There are many different scenarios in the workplace when training is necessary or recommended. For example:

1.  New employees or transferred employees should be trained before they are initially assigned to a job that exposes them to hazards. Here’s what this type of training should include:

  • Employees should be trained on the contents of the safety and health program, including management commitment, employee involvement, hazard assessment, hazard control, and employee training requirements.
  • They must be made aware of the hazards of their work environment and their work practices. Additionally, employees should be taught how to recognize hazards so that they can provide safety suggestions and identify unsafe conditions.
  • Workers must learn about the job safety and health assessments (JSHAs) that your company has conducted for each specific job. Go into the workplace and review the JSHAs while pointing out the specific hazards and the control measures.
  • Employees should be informed of the steps that have been taken to control identified hazards. Specific engineering controls, safe work practices, administrative controls, and any new personal protective equipment  that has been purchased should be discussed.

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2.  All employees should be trained when new processes or new procedures are introduced. The hazards and control techniques will usually change, and employees must be made aware of these changes. Review specific safe work practices that have been developed for the different jobs and work procedures. Have employees demonstrate that they know the safe work practices and can do them step-by-step.

3.  Training should also be conducted as required by specific OSHA regulations.

4.  Evaluate safety performance of employees, and if it begins to slip, retraining may be necessary. Annual training refreshers should be conducted even if safety performance is not slipping.

5.  Training should be done to keep employee safety awareness at a high level. If the safety message is continually put in front of employees, they begin to take hazards seriously and follow safe work practices.

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Even if your training content is comprehensive and complete, your training program won’t be as effective as it needs to be if you don’t train at all the right times to reflect the changing conditions in your workplace.

Why It Matters

  • Training is a critical component of safety programs in every workplace.
  • To be effective, training must be ongoing and timely.
  • Making training a regular part of your employee schedule helps create a continuous safety culture.