As a safety trainer, my goal is to help you make your safety training be as effective as possible. Safety training should:

  • Be designed so that your employees learn from it
  • Empower your employees to perform their work using safer actions
  • Reduce the number of accidents, injuries, near-misses

Time to evaluate your safety training.

Does it incorporate these tips, strategies and ideas? If not, you may not be communicating as effectively as you thought.

Set a baseline for your training. Once you know the safety training regulations that apply, you have a baseline that your safety training must meet. Of course, you can (and should) always plan to go beyond this baseline.

Don’t use just one type of training method. Look at what the safety training requires, how many people will be in the training and even where they are located. Does it need to be face-to-face or can it be done via the computer? People learn in different ways. You want to use a training method that will help workers retain and apply.

Use active learning strategies. This means that 100% of the participants are involved at the same time. Active learning ensures participants engage with the material, participate in the training and collaborate with each other. One way to do this is using interactive training strategies, such as games.

Know and use the 4 laws of adult training plus the 2 laws of a safe workplace. These are key if you want truly effective safety training. It is a proven fact that adults learn better when they “do” vs. sitting passively having someone talk “at” them.

Use visual aids – pictures, charts, graphs and more. These help participants remember the information. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. But absolutely no death by PowerPoint!

Know the needs and frequency of your safety training. Is it initial (i.e., where you do the training upfront), refresher (what may be done on an annual basis) or performance-based? Sometimes there may be different levels of training. For instance, lockout/tagout should be done based on authorized, affected and all others.

Test and evaluate. Testing helps you, the trainer, to know if an employee has retained what they need to. Evaluation tells you how effective participants thought the training was.

Go forth and be the best safety dudes on the planet!

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