It’s an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for its workers. One way to do this is through a worksite safety program, which can:
- Educate employees about safety in the workplace
- Establish safety protocols
- Recognize good safety practices and actions
- Identify potential worksite hazards (i.e., caught-in-between or struck-by objects, slips, trips and falls, etc.)
Now that it is end of the year, it’s time to review the training for your workplace safety program. Does it include:
Hands-on training when possible. Train where the job is done, using the tools and equipment you would on a day-to-day basis. This encourages discussion, real-life examples and allows workers to apply what they have learned immediately.
Trainers who know how to effectively communicate. It’s not always good to use someone who is an expert in the field or topic. While they may know the subject matter, they don’t always know how to effectively communicate and ensure your workers “get it.” Effective trainers know how to avoid lecturing, use a mix of training techniques to drive the important points home, speak in language/terms workers will understand and many other adult learning techniques.
Good housekeeping processes. Some workers are naturally messy and others are obsessively tidy. Good housekeeping processes will establish a balance between the two, keeping work areas clean and neat.
Inspections and audits. That means things like inspecting the work area, checking to ensure hand and power tools are not in need of repair and that all PPE used is in good condition.
OSHA Regulations. I’m sure you already know it’s mandatory that you cover all OSHA-required regulations during safety training. But, to meet state and federal OSHA training requirements, your workers may need more than just that initial training; there may be refresher training requirements or even performance-based needs throughout the year. Are these accounted for in your program?
OSHA basically provides you with a blueprint for your safety program, ensuring you cover safety topics such as hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, machinery and machine guarding and more.