The Most Important Safety Measure To Take: Ongoing Training
Workplace injuries and illnesses costs workers their lives and has resounding economic effects. Recent statistics have shown workplace injuries cost Americans $156.2 billion, which is an average cost of $1,200 per worker injured on the job.
That's why ongoing safety training is so important to saving lives and ultimately to your business. The goal of ongoing safety training is to create a level of awareness about safety issues and how to deal with these issues as well as instituting a culture that nurtures confidence in being able to respond quickly and effectively during an emergency.
Here are the top reasons ongoing safety training is so important to protecting workers' lives and company profits:
It Keeps Workers Refreshed
Ongoing training keeps workers refreshed on safety guidelines and hazards around the workplace. When safety guidelines and risks are reiterated to your workers, it invariably makes them more aware of their surroundings. When workers are more conscious of hazardous situations, this improves workplace safety.
Many of the most common workplace accidents occur because workers become complacent or rely on common sense to make decisions rather than remaining consistently informed and guided by safety rules and regulations. Far too many common workplace accidents happen due to a general lack of safety awareness.
New Equipment Requires Ongoing Safety Training
Ongoing safety training keeps workers updated on new equipment in the workplace. When ongoing safety training is a part of regular, routine implementation, all your workers are always up-to-date on safety guidelines and rules of any newly purchased equipment being used in your facility.
For example, if there's a new, slightly advanced forklift from the previous one your workers were using, they should be trained on how to use it safely and certified before they're allowed to drive it around your facility.
Ongoing Safety Training Keeps You Current
As technology evolves and knowledge is gained, safety training develops into more efficient forms. When you have the latest ongoing safety training in place, your workers are making the most of their efforts towards creating a safe environment.
Even small advancements in safety training could have great impact on reducing the risks and hazards of workplace injuries and illnesses.
The reality of workplace injuries and illnesses is that many accidents � if not all of them � are 100% preventable through ongoing safety training efforts and using the proper protective equipment. When you take the time to follow through on providing training and equipment you greatly improve the well-being of your workers and protect your company from incurring expensive workers' compensation costs.