The health and safety training program that you choose for your workforce must give your employees the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe and avoid injury in the workplace. The exact training that will be required depends on the characteristics of the workplace and the requirements of each specific job.
Training Requires Two-Way Communication
In order to for training to be training, and not just the provision of information, it must involve two-way communication between the trainer and the people who are learning. Both individuals must listen, think, ask questions, perform, and explain. If a program only involves your employees watching videos or listening to someone talk, that is not training!
Elements of a Good Health and Safety Training Program
The training provided by a good health and safety training program will invariably include all of the following elements:
- Providing practice opportunities;
- Asking people questions about the material they are learning;
- Encouraging people to ask questions;
- Providing feedback on performance;
- Taking into consideration individuals’ literacy levels, cultural backgrounds, and English language proficiency;
- Encouraging self-evaluation of performance; and
- Following up later on to discern whether learning has occurred and behaviour has changed accordingly.
You should ensure that the training program you select has all of the components listed above.
What is Competency Based Training?
It is best to look for a competency based training (CBT) health and safety program. In a CBT health and safety program, your employees will gain the knowledge and skills they require to be able to safely perform their work. The CBT program you choose for your employees must be geared to the tasks that they must do in their jobs and the performance standards of your workplace.
Knowledge and skills are equally important in CBT programs. Your employees must learn how to apply the knowledge they gain in the program in their work. CBT programs have the following features:
- It recognises the knowledge and skills that employees already have;
- There is a clear statement of the outcomes that will be achieved as a result of training;
- The trainer demonstrates flexibility with regard to how, when, and where the training takes place;
- The trainer keeps record of all training and achievement; and
- Assessment to ensure that all workers learn what they need to is carried out by the trainer.
CBT training guilds on the knowledge and skills employees already have. In order to ensure that this takes place, the trainer needs to identity each person’s knowledge and skills. Assessing what a person already knows and the skills they already have will make sure that the training will be a good “fit” for the individual.
A CBT program focuses on what the workers will be able to do with the knowledge and skills that they gain. The program’s outcomes must therefore be directly relevant to the workplace and health and safety. The program’s outcomes must be made clear at the very start of the training program. This is necessary to ensure that all participants are aware of the workplace’s performance standards and everything that is expected of them. Clear outcomes are also a key factor in the facilitation of proper assessment.
There should be flexibility in where the training is held. Some of the options in terms of places where it can be carried out include the immediate work area, in a college, in a training room in the workplace, or at a computer terminal. Employers are able to request the place that is most convenient for their employees and themselves.
Choose the Best Health and Safety Program for Your Employees?
Use the information you have learned here and your own additional research on specific options to find the best health and safety program for your workplace.
At Recovery Partners, our team of experienced safety professionals are dedicated to providing tailored Work Health and Safety Training Programs across Australia.
Our services are available in multiple locations nationwide. For more information, you can make enquiries here.
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“Organising health and safety training for your workplace,” https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1702/workplacehealthandsafetytraining_1996_archivepdf.pdf
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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