Safety Training

Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Apr 24, 2019

Providing employees with education and training is an important step towards keeping workers informed about workplace hazards to allow them to complete their jobs in a safe and efficient manner. Employers should be tasked with providing education and training to all staff members, including line staff, supervisors, office personnel, and management.

Education and training will provide staff with:

  • The knowledge and skills to safely complete their work without creating hazards on the job
  • The awareness and understanding of how to identify and control workplace hazards
  • How to fulfill any non-traditional job functions

Training can be conducted in a variety of ways, including a traditional classroom setting, on-the-job training, peer-to-peer trying, and workplace demonstrations.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers follow the seven steps outlined here to create an effective safety training program.

1: Determine What Safety Training Is Needed
Employers should analyze areas where training may be needed, including analyzing employee performance issues, workplace accidents, and the overall environment of the workplace.

2: Identify Workplace Safety Training Needs
A Job Hazard Analysis should be conducted to document each step of a task while identifying and analyzing possible safety hazards along the way. You can then prioritize your training plan by assessing the process and determining the areas that need the most training.

3: Identify Safety Training Goals and Objectives
Goals and objectives should be set after you have decided which trainings will be conducted. These goals and objectives should be clear and measurable, allowing you to evaluate the success of the training later. Training objectives should outline the desired skill or behavior using action-oriented language and should allow individuals involved in training to understand the desired outcome.

4: Develop Workplace Safety Learning Activities
Once you have set the objectives for training, employers can select the methods, materials, and resources needed for training. Training can be conducted on a group level or a one-on-one basis and should be selected based on the audience and their skill set. Learning activities should include opportunities for employees to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they learn and should directly apply to their job.

5: Conduct Safety Training
Once you have completed a needs analysis, set training goals and objectives, and selected your training activities, you are ready to conduct safety training. Training plans should be presented to trainees as an overview that outlines the training they will undergo. Training should be related to the experiences of each employee and should allow time for trainees to participate and practice the skills they learn. Training should include hands-on practice as well as real life examples.

6: Evaluate Workplace Safety Training Program Effectiveness
After training is completed, you should evaluate the effectiveness of the training and determine whether your goals were met. An evaluation may be conducted by:

  • Asking the trainees to complete a survey or questionnaire
  • Following up with supervisors and evaluating the behavior of their employees before and after the training
  • Evaluating workplace data to see there is a trend towards reduced incidents following completion of training

7: Improve the Safety Training Program
Once training has been completed, you should look ahead to future training needs and decide how to improve your training plan. Training methods should be evaluated to see if there is a better way to implement the training, including adding training for additional concepts or skills, changing the way training was conducted, or providing training to a different audience.

An effective workplace safety training program will provide your employees with the tools and skills needed to maintain a safe and productive work environment.

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