The A-Z of Training: S is for Safety

Health and safety is probably the number one reason for providing staff training. Delivering this type of training serves two purposes; firstly it protects your staff from harm and secondly it protects your organisation from litigation arising from accidents in the workplace.

Unfortunately despite delivering health and safety training sessions and regular refresher courses, many companies still find themselves falling foul of a lawsuit.

The primary reason for this is not ensuring that the training provided was understood sufficiently by the employee. In practical environments, one of the quickest ways to do this is an on-the-job observation where the employee is observed by the trainer and both sign to say that the trainee has demonstrated safe practices.

One of the other areas that companies leave themselves exposed to is inaccurate recording of training. Do you have a register for every session? What happens after everyone signs it? Where do you store it? Managing the evidence of training can be a full time job in some companies however it often seems to be neglected as a task that can be put off for another day.

Also don’t forget that any change in the working environment will require at least a refresher in those areas impacted by the changes. If you are replacing equipment for an identical model, training is not required but it is a good opportunity for everyone to complete a short refresher.

As a provider of a complete online training solution we make sure that we store records securely so that all of your training is recorded and easily to hand if an event occurs, helping you to demonstrate your commitment to health and safety.

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Dr Adam Chester is a cofounder of Prodeceo.

He is excited about empowering Training Managers and Learning and Development professionals with technology that is easy to use.

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