Change happens every day. Technology changes. Equipment changes. Rules change. All of which can impact your company broadly or more narrowly down to front line employees. How do you keep your safety training protocols current with all this change?
It’s mandatory that you cover all OSHA-required regulations during safety training. So, why not supplement this with professional development and continuing education opportunities? You’ll not only build on your employees’ expertise but enable them to bring new ideas back for your safety training program.
Build Employees' Safety Skills
Equipment Training. Many vendors offer safety training for their equipment in the form of videos, webinars and hands-on training that includes safety protocols. When you have new equipment, especially heavy machinery, this information is critical to train those using it as well as those not using it. In addition, some vendors offer certification programs, which is a great way to provide career advancement.
Industry Associations. No matter what industry you work in, you will find trade associations to help you and your employees stay up-to-date on the latest happenings affecting your business. Industry trends, regulations even new technologies are always topics addressed. Some even offer certification programs and/or continuing education credits as well.
Trade Shows/Conferences. Again, there are numerous trade shows and conferences for nearly every industry. Trade shows are a great place for demonstrations – of new products, of new technology, of new processes.
Allowing your employees the opportunity for professional development and continuing education is one way to keep your safety training processes and procedures current while at the same time engaging their expertise.