Workplace accidents can have catastrophic results. Employees who get injured on the job may be unable to work for weeks or months or may be permanently disabled. The company may be liable for medical expenses arising from those injuries. Productivity may suffer because of the absence of the injured employee and low morale among other workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires training in workplace safety procedures and hazard prevention. For training to be effective, both managers and employees must take it seriously. If workers get the impression that managers are simply going through the motions and that safety training is not a priority for them, employees may not pay attention and follow guidelines.
What Type of Training Should You Provide?
Workers should be trained in appropriate health and safety procedures and ways to detect and prevent hazards. Employees should be shown the locations of first aid kits and taught what to do in an emergency. They should also be trained in what to do if they encounter dangerous circumstances that could lead to an accident. If the company utilizes a computerized system to report accidents and safety hazards, employees should be taught how to use it.
Individuals in some positions may need specific training that goes above and beyond the standard training provided to all workers. For example, employees who work with machinery should be taught how to use it safely. Training should address common mistakes that can lead to accidents and signs that equipment may be malfunctioning. Employees who work with chemicals or high temperatures should be provided with appropriate training and personal protective equipment.
Managers should receive training that addresses their responsibilities under OSHA guidelines. That should include how to avoid dangerous conditions and how to respond to reports of accidents and safety hazards.
How Should Workers Be Trained?
Training is often provided via formal classes or demonstrations. In some cases, it may be more appropriate for a manager or a senior employee to provide on-the-job training to new workers. Employees should be given opportunities to ask questions during training sessions. If procedures are changed, new equipment is introduced, or other modifications to the workplace or mode of operations are made, managers and employees should receive updated training so they understand the changes and what they mean for them.
Schedule Workplace Safety Training
Respond Systems offers on-site safety training at workplaces in Southern California. A certified trainer can teach your employees and managers about OSHA standards, how to use equipment such as forklifts and fire extinguishers, and other important safety procedures. Contact us today to schedule a training session.