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The Top 12 Workplace Safety Training Tips To Reawaken Your Workers

Julie Copeland

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safety training, workplace safety, safety, workplace accidents, workplace injuries, workplace fatalities, safety equipmentWhen it comes to workplace safety in your facility, the fact is danger always exists and no one is immune to accidents.

People who do routine work everyday or those who have been doing the same job for years and years gradually adopt a dulled sense of the risks of their work or develop a more relaxed attitude about the need for safety training. This type of environment, where lethargy settles in, breeds workplace accidents and injuries.

That is why safety training is so important when taking measures to prevent workplace accidents in your facility. Your employees require a routine “reawakening” to be reminded of the dangers that exist every day. 

What Is Safety Training?

Safety training aims to ensure your employees are not injured on the job. Its goal is to develop a positive health and safety culture where safety becomes second nature. It also helps you meet your legal duty to protect your workers from harm.

Employees stay committed and loyal depending on your capabilities to provide them with safety knowledge.

The Top 12 Workplace Safety Training Tips To Reawaken Your Workers:

1. Safety training must be reinforced if employees fail to understand and apply their new knowledge.

    • This requires you to monitor their progress after safety training to measure how well your workers are using the best safety practices that apply to their specific job.
2. Materials should be presented in the order of the steps taken to complete the job.
    • Safety training should be very methodical. All safety knowledge transferred to workers should be presented in order, as it is easier for them to put it into practice. 
3. Apply safety changes upon incidents, accidents, illnesses and injuries.
    • Safety training isn’t just about attending classes. The biggest learning experiences happen in the moment. When there’s a workplace accident, apply safety changes as soon as it’s appropriate.
4. Affected workers must be updated with the new changes to policies and procedures through their manager.
    • It’s best to hold routine meetings that address updated policies and procedures so your employees aren’t left in the dark. A consistent message keeps them aware of how important workplace safety is.
5. Employees exposed to increased risk must be updated with new safety training.
    • Especially for those workers who’s jobs are at an increased risk for accidents, they need to be refreshed and retrained on a regular basis.
6. Executives and safety officers must keep communication open to allow workers to be comfortable with learning and giving their feedback.
    • Employee feedback is important to understanding their hands-on experience with certain safety procedures. It also keeps them involved.
7. Lecturing proves to be much less effective than hands-on training and demonstration.
    • Safety training requires “doing” to really have an impact. Lecturing is passive and, well …  boring. You want to have your workers fully engaged in safety training.
8. It is important to give feedback on how your employees adapt to the safety training so they know what they are doing properly.
    • Supervisors should watch employees do their jobs and question them to identify what they do or don’t know about best safety practices for their job.
9. Relating real-life incidents when training employees creates a lasting impression.
    • It takes less than a second to lose the rest of your life. And these real-life stories happen every day. Upon hearing them, it’s hard to ignore how important it is to apply what they’ve learned in safety training every day.
10. Always make sure to train employees specific to their area of work.
    • Every job, every machine, every piece of equipment is different and requires a certain set of safety knowledge and skills to use them properly.
11. Spread out your training days so employees aren't cramming to memorize the information.
    • Only so much information is retained in a safety training session. Break up training over a few days to keep your workers’ minds fresh and engaged for an optimal learning experience. 
12. Keep employees attentive in training sessions by offering Q&A discussions.
    • Q&A’s are a great way to keep employees involved and active in their safety training. It also encourages them to think about the practical use of their tips in their everyday work.

Effective training results in effective safety measures they use on the job. Safety training also helps your business prevent workplace accidents to preserve the health and wellbeing of your workers while also avoiding the financial costs of these accidents.

Ready to learn more about preventing common workplace injuries? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with a safety specialist at Arbill.

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