A well informed workforce is a safe one! Here are three rules you must remember to achieve this
If you were to ask your employee how to react to an accident, what would they say? If you asked them how to prevent injuries, what answer would they give you? If you wanted them to explain how they identify risks, could they do it?
If your employees can't answer these questions it's because they don't have the right training. Without the right training they won't have the knowledge they need to protect themselves.
Because an informed workforce is a safe one, you need to give your employees' the best OHS training possible.
Here are three rules you should remember to do this...
Remember these three health and safety training rules
Rule #1: Give your employees practical training
The training you give your employees must be as practical as possible. Show them exactly what procedures and rules to follow to ensure they work safely.
Live demonstrations and tasks will help your employees gain a better understanding of what you're teaching them. It will also help them remember it better.
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According to the OHSA, you must do induction
training for new employees, external contract workers, even employees returning from maternity leave. And every time there's new legislation, or if you have a new safety process or equipment.
It sounds like you could be doing induction
every month! And who has the time to create proper training material? And ensure its correct?
Rule #2: Ensure the training covers a wide range of topics
Don't just focus on specific or common dangers in your training. You must include dangers even if you think they won't happen.
The truth is, even an unlikely danger could still arise and, if your employees aren't prepared, it could cost them their lives.
Rule #3: Regularly give your employees informal training to remind them
Informal training, such as toolbox talks
, can help refresh your employees' memories on important issues. You should use a different topic each time you do a toolbox talk. If something happens at work, such as a serious accident, use your toolbox talks
to remind them about what to do.
These three rules are of vital importance to your safety training. Remember them when it comes to educating your employees and you'll be able to keep them safe.
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