Safety and Health Training
Training is one of the most important elements of any Injury and Illness Prevention Program. It allows employees to learn their job properly, brings new ideas into the workplace, reinforces existing ideas and practices, and puts your program into action. Employees benefit from safety and health training through fewer work-related injuries and illnesses, and reduced stress, and worry caused by exposure to hazards. Employers benefit from reduced workplace injuries and illnesses, increased productivity, lower costs, higher profits, and a more cohesive, and a dependable work force. An effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program includes training for both supervisors and employees. Training for both is required by OSHA safety orders. Behavior Safety Associates professionals will develop and conduct required training programs.
Outside trainers should be considered temporary. Eventually each organization will need its own in-house training capabilities so it can provide timely training, specific to the needs of the workplace and the employees. Behavior Safety Associates offers train-the-trainer workshops to prepare trainers to be more dynamic, organized presenters. To be effective and also meet OSHA requirements, the safety and health training program needs to:
- Let supervisors know:
- They are key figures responsible for establishment and success of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
- The importance of establishing and maintaining safe and healthful working conditions.
- They are responsible for being familiar with safety and health hazards to which their employees are exposed, how to recognize them, the potential effects these hazards have on the employees, and rules, procedures and work practices for controlling exposure to those hazards.
- How to convey this information to employees by setting good examples, instructing them, making sure they fully understand and follow safe procedures.
- How to investigate accidents and take corrective and preventive action.
- Let employees know:
- The success of the organization’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program depends on their actions.
- The safe work procedures required for their jobs and how these procedures protect them against exposure.
- When personal protective equipment is required or needed, how to use it and maintain it in good condition.
- What to do if emergencies occur in the workplace.
An effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program requires proper job performance by everyone in the workplace. Employers must ensure all employees are knowledgeable about the materials and equipment they are working with, what known hazards are present and how they are controlled. Each employee needs to understand:
- No employee is expected to undertake a job until they have received instructions on how to do it properly and safely, and are authorized to perform the job.
- No employees should undertake a job that appears to be unsafe.
- No employee should use chemicals without fully understanding their toxic properties and without the knowledge required to work with them safely.
- Mechanical safeguards must always be in place and kept in place.
- Employees are to report to a superior or designated individual all near-misses and unsafe conditions encountered during work.
- Any work-related injury or illness suffered, however slight, must be reported to management at once.
- Personal protective equipment must be used when and where required, and properly maintained.
Supervisors must recognize they are the primary safety trainers in your organization. Encourage and help them by providing supervisory training. The employer is required under OSHA standards to establish and carry out a formal training program. A professional trainer from Behavior Safety Associates can provide injury and illness prevention training to your organization’s supervisors and employees.
This program must, at a minimum, provide training and instruction:
- To all employees when the safety and health (IIPP) program is first established.
- To all new employees.
- To all employees given new job assignments for which training has not been previously received.
- Whenever new substances, processes, procedures or equipment are introduced to the workplace and present a new hazard.
- Whenever the organization or its supervisors are made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.