Workplace safety training, why is it important?
Being in compliance with OSHA and your state health and safety authorities provides the foundation for your safety training program, but an effective safety training program goes much further. It enables workers, supervisors and leaders in your business to:
- Gain the knowledge and skills needed to do the work safely.
- Learn how to avoid creating hazards that could put themselves or others at risk.
- Become aware of hazards in the workplace overall and in their job specifically.
- Gain the tools to identify, report and control hazards.
- Learn specialized training when the work involves unique hazards.
- Learn new or updated safety protocols needed with changes in equipment, materials, and roles.
Safety training should not only be an integral part of the onboarding process for new hires or those new to a job, there should be refresher training for compliance and performance needs, too.
Benefits to the Business
But there’s more that workplace safety training can give to a business. It can:
- Lead to lower insurance premiums.
- Increase efficiency and productivity.
- Lead to less productivity loss due to illness or injury.
- Improve employee morale and satisfaction.
- Reduce worker compensation for medical leave due to work-related injuries and illnesses.
- Prevent future incidents from occurring.
Workplace safety training reminds everyone on the job that hazards do exist and that no one is immune to an accident.