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Four health and safety training courses your employees should attend

by , 11 July 2013
As an employer, there are certain mandatory legal appointments that are necessary for full compliance with occupational health and safety laws and regulations. To achieve these, some training may be required and necessary, says the Health and Safety Advisor. Read on to discover the four recommended training courses and which appointees should attend them.


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  • People are being hired…

All this to put an end to health and safety violations and injuries in the workplace. This means ignoring your health and safety obligations is a thing of the past and if you don't do something about it, right now, you could be dealing with a few unwelcome guest very soon.  

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As an employer, your health and safety obligations go just beyond putting health and safety measures on paper to help reduce injuries in the workplace.

In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), you must give your employee practical training before he can work, use equipment and machinery and know how to use the safety equipment to protect himself from harm.

For this, you'll need to develop a training needs analysis to make sure all the people you're going to appoint get the training they'll need to do their job properly.

The Health and Safety Advisor recommends four areas your new employees should be trained on

#1: Legal liability training

Your employees need to understand what the law says. This training content should cover the entire OHSA. The training takes the form of interpreting the law into simple dos and don'ts. The outcome will mean an ability to understand what the law actually says.

Who needs to attend? All your:

  • Executives
  • Section managers
  • Departmental managers
  • Line managers,
  • Supervisors; and
  • Responsible persons (this is anyone management assigns responsibility for people, an activity or a work area to) should attend this training.

#2: Occupational health and safety awareness

You should give all employees this training to teach them about their legal rights under the OHSA. All your workers will know what the law says about what they're legally required to do and what you have to do to keep them safe and healthy. You should give all employees this training.

#3: Risk assessment

This training shows how to conduct a risk assessment and teaches employees to be alert to hazards and risks in the working environment at all times.

#4: First aid training

This training teaches employees how to treat minor injuries and other basic medical trauma.

There are three levels of first aid training. The levels define your capability of treating the patient according to the injury (the more levels you complete, the broader your ability to treat injuries). All your first aiders should receive all three levels of training.

Some providers of this training will train employees in all three levels over a five-day period.

Once training is completed, a certificate of competence is awarded. This certificate is valid for three years. When it expires, your employee will require retraining.

There you have it. Ensure you plan accordingly and give relevant employees the types of training they require. This will contribute towards reducing healthy and safety risks in the workplace as your employees will be aware of safety measures and what's required of them.

Turn to chapter O01 of your Health and Safety Training Manual to read more about your General duties tpo your employees.


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