[Whitepaper] How To Implement An Effective Health And Safety Training Process

Regardless of the employer offering or requiring training courses, an ongoing and effective training program can make a huge difference between a measurable presence of a safety culture, or just an image of one.

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While nearly all of the 2016 SmartMarket Report survey respondents (97%) indicated that their companies provide environmental health and safety (EH&S) training, fewer (87%) stated that their companies require all of jobsite workers to have basic EH&S training. Regardless of the employer offering or requiring training courses, an ongoing and effective training program can make a huge difference between a measurable presence of a safety culture, or just an image of one.

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Aspects of A World-Class Safety Program: Trends & Applications

A world-class safety program requires continuous improvements, and should also be measurable. The SmartMarket Report survey respondents were asked to pinpoint essential aspects of a world-class safety program in 2012 and in 2015.

The term “world-class,” in short, indicates being among the best. Having a world-class safety program means having the highest quality, most effective, and cutting edge safety program that moves the incident rate towards zero. A world-class safety program requires continuous improvements, and should also be measurable. The SmartMarket Report survey respondents were asked to pinpoint essential aspects of a world-class safety program in 2012 and in 2015. The data collected allows for recording of changes and trends over these three years. The most striking difference observed was the role of jobsite workers’ involvement in safety planning (66 percent indicated as a necessary aspect of a world-class safety program in 2012 vs. 85 percent in 2015). Other significant changes included: ongoing access to safety training for supervisors and jobsite workers (69 percent in 2012 vs. 77 percent in 2015) and hazard assessment and safety plans at each new jobsite (70 percent in 2012 vs 76 percent in 2015). We discussed jobsite workers’ involvement in safety and health planning in this blog. This article will focus on the latter two aspects.

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Safety Leadership: Jobsite Workers’ Role in Building Safety Culture

As employers, it’s critical to protect your workers by building a strong safety culture both from the top down and bottom up! Not only organizational safety leaders should proactively develop an effective safety training program, but jobsite workers must be included in all safety and health planning also.

This year Labor Rights Week focused on reminding ALL U.S workers their right to a safe, healthy and hazard-free workplace. As employers, it’s critical to protect your workers by building a strong safety culture both from the top down and bottom up! Not only organizational safety leaders should proactively develop an effective safety training program, but jobsite workers must be included in all safety and health planning also. We’ve heard of unfortunate mistakes made by several employers in the recent period, such as failure to implement fall protection system, lack of training on machine safety procedures known as lockout/tagout, as well as exposing workers to blocked exits, fall hazards, amputation and chemical hazards. These losses could have been prevented by effective safety training on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), how to prevent slips, trips, and falls, avoid electrical hazards, and more. It’s important to note that providing training is completely different from developing an effective, on-going safety training program, as part of building a strong safety culture (Why should you care? We discussed the benefits of a strong safety culture here).

This blog will explain the role of jobsite workers in ensuring workplace safety and best practices for safety leadership.

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Building Safety Culture: 3 Key Benefits of Online Safety Training

A survey has shown that highest priorities for training in terms of allocating resources include: increasing training programs’ effectiveness, reducing costs, and measuring the impact of training programs – each of which online training technology would be able to address.

Our last blog discussed the importance and benefits of a strong safety culture. To create and maintain one, companies must adopt an effective safety training program. While both live and online safety training are effective training mediums that compliment and supplement each other, this blog will shine the spotlight on the rising popularity and benefits of online safety training.

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