To really know how often you should be conducting safety training, it’s best to ask your local department of labor to find out what type of OSHA safety training your company or facility needs to implement.
There are four levels of safety training:
Initial training is required before any worker begins their job
Annual safety training is required for certain occupations, including both medical and environmental occupations
Special incremental training that occurs every other year or every three years
Potential hazard training that takes place whenever a company identifies new workplace hazards
All workers must be fully trained on safety procedures before they start to work.
As an employer, initial safety training is a top priority. It should take place during a worker’s orientation on their first day on the job. Some construction jobs require the worker gets certification for certain jobs or to operate certain machinery prior to starting the job. Proper training right from the start ensures your workers know what they are doing and how to correctly and safely operate machines in the workplace.
Keeps guidelines and rules fresh in workers’ minds.
Companies that conduct regular safety training sessions are less prone to workplace accidents and have better workplace safety overall. Consistency in safety training helps workers realize the importance of workplace safety and it boosts morale because they feel cared for.
Review company training programs if an injury occurs.
Whenever an injury occurs in your workplace, it’s a good idea to conduct job hazard analysis. Then, immediately conduct safety training with employees and show them how to properly perform the actions that went wrong and caused the accident. This is also an opportunity to discuss any other possible injuries or safety violations that could have occurred in that particular situation.
Stay up-to-date on safety training best practices by taking classes.
Through safety training classes, your employees are provided with information on workplace safety and health hazards. This extra step ensures you are implementing an effective workplace safety program that results in fewer injuries and illnesses.
Safety training is time and money well spent. When your employees are kept up-to-date and regularly reminded of how to do their jobs safely, you greatly reduce accidents in the workplace. In the end, effective and timely job safety training saves both lives and dollars.