A safe workplace is a productive workplace. No matter how experienced your team may be, there is always the possibility of an accident. When you add some novice employees into the mix, you need to be extra cautious. Because of this, safety training should always be at the top of every manager’s to-do list. Here are some points to consider when designing a safety training strategy.
Conduct a job hazard analysis
A job hazard analysis (JHA) takes an in-depth look at every task performed at your business. The objective of a JHA is to identify every possible hazard and accident that could occur while performing a task. To perform an analysis, you should consider your workers, the task, any tools needed and the work environment. Because you can’t train your employees to avoid dangers you’re not aware of, it’s vital to conduct a JHA before planning your safety training.
Determine what training is mandatory
A helpful resource when preparing training programs is OSHA’s training material. OSHA provides detailed guidelines that specify what training is needed for any given workplace or job. These guidelines will help you determine what training is required for forklift drivers, heavy equipment operators, storage of hazardous chemicals or any other position with inherent dangers.
Consider your employees’ needs
Though OSHA determines what teaching is mandatory, only you can identify the best way to educate your team. A wide variety of training materials and resources are available to you, including brochures, books, videos and guides for seminars. Usually, it’s best to use a variety of teaching styles to ensure the information really sinks in.
If you don’t take safety training seriously, neither will your employees
Too many companies do only the bare minimum of training to meet requirements. We hear of many businesses where employees complete the same, simple multiple-choice tests year after year. Some workers even report they are allowed to share the answers among themselves. Though such companies are, admittedly, saving time and resources on training materials, the consequences of one small accident will undo all those imagined benefits. Safety training is always worth the effort; if your employees see you take it seriously, so will they.
Training for safety, planning for success
Putting safety first starts with the hiring process. If you want to create a successful, productive, accident-free workplace, we can help you hire the team that will get you there. With nearly two decades of experience, All Quality Labor has helped businesses throughout Arizona build a strong, competent workforce. Contact us today to learn how we can do the same for your company.