Every company says safety is their top priority and most do a good job of providing a safe workplace for employees, but when employees have to do routine tasks every day, it can dull their awareness of on-the-job safety hazards or cause them to have a more relaxed approach toward safety.
In this kind of environment, where complacency settles in, there is a higher risk of workplace accidents. Battling complacency is why safety training is so crucial when taking steps to avoid workplace accidents. Your staff members ought to be getting routine “wake-up calls” on the dangers around them. Regular safety training should support a culture where safe habits come naturally, and complacency doesn’t set in. This training is also needed to meet legal obligations regarding the protection of your employees.
The following best practices can help your employees keep safety on the brain and avoid accidents.
Training on Processes Should Include Step-by-Step Instruction
Safety training should be very organized. All safety information taught to employees should be offered in an order that makes sense to make it easier for them to put this knowledge into practice.
Also, hands-on training is much more effective than a lecture format. Try to have your training sessions engage as many senses as possible.
Avoid Burning Out Trainees
The human brain can only pay attention for so long before it starts to lose focus. Schedule training sessions across multiple days to avoid burnout, keep trainees engaged to establish a routine of learning.
Also, use interactive and Q&A sessions to keep employees involved in their training. These elements should encourage trainees to do some critical thinking, not just recite training material from memory.
Feedback is also essential to the culture of safety, as it can provide a deeper knowledge of employees’ hands-on experience with various procedures. Employees are also more involved in their training when they provide feedback.
Use ‘Teachable Moments’
Safety training isn’t only about going to classes. The greatest learning experiences occur in real life and relating incidents in training sessions can mean lasting impressions. After hearing about a serious near-miss or a gruesome accident, it’s difficult to ignore the significance of related safety training.
Also, if there is a workplace accident, use the incident to teach staff members safety issues related to the incident, and then apply any necessary modifications as soon as possible.
Track Effectiveness of Safety Training
Safety training should be regularly reinforced, and remedial instruction should be provided if staff members fail to apply their training. For management, this means monitoring safety habits after training sessions to evaluate how well your employees are using the safety practices that pertain to their particular job.
Executives and safety personnel should be in constant communication to help employees learn and encourage their feedback.
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