Designing Workplace Safety Training
It is important to educate all personnel about safety rules, workers’ compensation and their duties and responsibilities in the workplace. The more education and training you give employees, the more you will find that problems are reduced with injured workers.
Supervisors should be counseled on helping injured workers fill out the necessary workers’ compensation forms along with keeping track of injured workers and their return to work.
While insurance companies are required to provide certain information to injured workers explaining their rights and benefits, explanations and a little bit of nurturing from you will go a long way in having a satisfied employee rather than a disgruntled and insecure employee who worries about losing his or her job, not getting benefits, or wanting to “beat the system.”
Workplace safety training needs to address general safety topics and safety topics specific to a particular work area or department.
- General topics include:
Why workplace safety is essential—statistics on accidents/deaths on the job.
- Description of the most common types of workplace injuries and how these injuries might have been prevented
A “Top Ten” or “Top Five” list of the most important things to remember about workplace safety—tailor these to fit the type of workplace safety injuries most common at your place of work.
Specific topics would affect:
- Swimming pool
- Athletic field
- Arts and crafts
- Human resources
- Language(s) spoken
- Literacy level
- Age (senior, youth)
- Mental or physical challenges
Plan for Everyone to Be Trained
Ensure that everyone in the workplace is properly trained, including: managers; supervisors; full-time, part-time and temporary employees.
Training schedules need to accommodate the entity’s operating and staffing schedules. For example, an entity operating with three shifts and on weekends, would need to make training available to reach all personnel on all shifts and days. Sessions need to target new employees and current employees who need refresher courses. Schedules need to be flexible to accommodate new equipment and rising safety considerations.
Guidelines for Training
- Allow only properly authorized and instructed employees to do any job—provide detailed safety training customized for a specific job area.
- Make sure no employees do any job that appears unsafe—describe the factors that would make a job unsafe and provide guidelines for reporting the condition to the supervisor or management.
- Hold emergency preparedness drills for employees—the training should include the nature of the drill and expectations for employee during a drill.
- Pay particular attention to employees learning new operations to make sure they have the proper job skills and awareness of hazards—provide guidelines for learning new tasks and describe expectations.
- Train supervisors and managers to recognize hazards and understand their responsibilities—provide guidelines for reporting and correcting hazards.
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original article source: “Designing a Workplace Safety Training Program” nonprofitrisk.org, Workplace Safety Toolkit, Web. May. 3rd, 2018.