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Health and Safety Management: Make sure you conduct a training needs analysis

by , 04 February 2014
One of the steps you must take when you implement your company's Health and Safety Management System is to conduct a training needs analysis. Read on to find out how to do this training...

Implementing a Health and Safety Management System isn't straightforward.

You need to draw up, document and communicate your Health and Safety Policy to all employees.

You also need to draw up a Health and Safety Agreement. This will give you the structure of how you'll implement health and safety management in your company.

After this, you need to conduct a training needs analysis.

The Health & Safety Advisor says 'health and safety aspects are integral to all work and training relating to hazards and managing risk is part of the overall training an employee needs.'

It's simple, if you train employees properly; you're more likely to succeed in implementing your Health and Safety Agreement. This, in turn, means your Health and Safety Management System will be more effective.

The following training is essential when implementing a Health and Safety Management System

  1. Induction health and safety training for new employees, contractors and visitors to your premises.
  2. On the job training for hazardous tasks
  3. Regular training for Health and Safety officers, Emergency Wardens and First Aiders;
  4. Training on how to identify hazards and assess risks; and
  5. Training on how to investigate an incident.

But that's not all. Don't forget to train top and middle management on health and safety matters, especially the legal requirements.

Here's a useful tip for you when training employees on health and safety:

Include the health and safety training requirements in your workplace skills plan so you can claim back on the Skills Development Levy you're paying, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

It's also a good idea to assess your employee's competence after you've trained them.

Conducting a training needs analysis will help ensure you implement your Health and Safety Management System effectively.

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