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Effective Employee Safety Training Tips


According to a voluntary training course provided by OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, one of the common elements of an exemplary workplace is training and orientation for all employees to help them learn the most important safety procedures all employees need to know. In fact, OSHA is responsible for translating safety laws into rules and then enforcing them. The Administration clearly states that it considers safety training an employer's responsibility. Not only do effective training programs help reduce accidents, they also keep companies in compliance with regulations.

Elements of Effective Employee Safety Training

If you can agree that effective training programs are one element of an effective safety management program, you might still wonder what makes a training program effective. According to OSHA, the most effective training gets integrated into an overall program of training employees how to do their jobs. In other words, the company's expectations should be that following safety rules should be part of performing a job correctly.

In addition, OSHA presents these five principals that should always get incorporated into training in order to maximize its effectiveness:

  • Employees should understand the importance and purpose of their scheduled training program.
  • Classes should present information in a manner that is organized to maximize its impact.
  • Typically, education works best when it can be put to use right after training.
  • Employees should get feedback as they perform what they have learned to improve performance.
  • Good programs might present information in multiple ways as different people tend to process information differently.

While some kinds of training works best if it is present on the job, other education might get delivered through classes. In order to reinforce the most important safety procedures all employees need to know, companies might use some messaging techniques. These could include safety posters on the walls, Posters are pretty common, but some companies have gotten even more creative and incorporated safety message on coffee mugs, pens, and other office supplies that might get handed out to new employees or employees that have successfully completed their training class.

Safe companies also make sure that communication flows both ways. While the employer's job is to educate employees, workers should be able to offer feedback about training and workplace safety in an environment where they will not worry about reprisals. Safety professionals might be the ones to analyze common incident trends and hazards. However, it is very likely that the workers are the ones who will be in a position to spot issues as they arise.

We Help Deliver Effective and Low-Cost Safety Training

At Ventiv Technology, we provide safety management software that helps with multiple elements of an effective training program. Our incident reporting capabilities help safety professionals spot common incidents that need to get addressed with additional training and communication. Also, our software can actually deliver and track online training classes that can give workers the information they need at a cost that is usually much lower than traditional classrooms. Request a demo of our safety management software to learn how we can help empower your employers to make your company safety.


RMIS Guide

Jun 18, 2015

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