3 Basic Steps of Training Employees About Workplace Safety
It’s an employer’s responsibility to provide proper instructions and safety training to workers. This includes teaching them safety measures, going through the basics, and providing specific training for their particular assignments.
The most efficient way to ensure safety and prevention of serious work-related injuries is to properly train and orient your employees on ideal work practices. To help you with this task, here are 3 basic steps to follow:
Safety orientation and the basics
During new-hire orientation, it’s important to include safety training in the program. Aside from instilling safety practices that the new hires can use as they start their work, it’ll also show them how important safety is to the company.To make things easy, keep a checklist. You can use it as a record of the employee training and it can aid in creating a more straightforward and detailed orientation.
The topics you’ll cover in the orientation can vary but the following three should be included:
- Rights and responsibilities
It’s everyone’s right to have a safe place to work but it is also everyone’s responsibility to maintain that safety. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is essential for every employee in the company.
- Workplace hazards
It’s important for workers to be able to identify all hazards, no matter how obvious they seem, so that they can immediately report to their employer in case of hazardous conditions.
- Safe work procedures
Workers must fully understand that they have to be careful when doing the tasks that require precise step-by-step safety procedures.
Train workers for their specific tasks
Training under supervision is an important experience for newly hired workers. During this time, make sure that the workers are taught to adhere to the following:
- Accomplish chores safely
- Safe handling of equipment and machinery
- Proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment
- Observe safe work procedures
Here are examples of instructions you can follow:
- Give a summary of tasks including safety guidelines
- Show how a task is done while explaining each step
- Monitor a worker’s progress and performance
Provide supervision and ongoing training
It’s important to follow up on workers as part of their training. Check on them from time to time to ensure that they are still adhering to following safety guidelines. Get involved with the workers in informal discussions regarding safety issues and ask for their feedback.
Recording the training process for each worker is the employer’s responsibility. To make it easier, you can make use of the training checklists that can also serve as documentation for what has already taken place.
An employee must understand the tasks of a supervisor before taking on the responsibility. They have to be trained in health and safety before getting to supervise other workers.
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