Why the Need for Safety Training:

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Why the Need for Safety Training ?

The truth is that no-one is born with safety knowledge or safety manual (from the labourer right through to the CEO), we all need to have a raised level of safety awareness. The real problem is that different people do different jobs of various levels of danger, some of us work in either a low, medium, high or very high risk areas/jobs and therefore some need more intense and through knowledge and experience in safety procedures. Note, all work locations have dangers, even the office, therefore different jobs have workers exposed to various levels and quantities of hazards, that if left unmanaged could lead to illness, injury, accidents and even disasters. For example, about 70% of companies that burn down, never re-open their doors for business again ... this means the owner looses their business and the workers loose their jobs, because of poor fire safety ...  note:- this happens somewhere every day!

Worker Competence ?

It must be stated, that although theoretical knowledge is the foundation of success, its application is limited without the corresponding level of appropriate practical experience. The term competence is defined as a combination of being qualified eg. completed the relevant course and passed the assessment examination, and having a minimum of 5 to 7 years experience in the application of the said discipline. As confirmed by Occupational Psychologists who teach us that once qualified, we enter a 5 to 7 year learning curve, where the practical aspect of training is learnt and applied. A limited amount of safety is taught in our Colleges and Universities, resulting in a universal lack of job-specific safety knowledge and experience, and therefore the universal need for on the job safety training.

Who Needs Safety Training ?

Every worker needs safety training, the training needed will however differ from individual to individual but typically is job specific eg. a company driver will ideally need Defensive Driver training and all companies need a pre-determined number of nominated First Aiders, Industrial Fire Fighters, Fire Wardens and a Fire Marshal in the workplace etc. For example 1:25 workers in the work-place (this number varies from country to country or company to company), at all times, including night shift if applicable.

Undertaking Safety Training ?

One of the most common mistakes make by many companies today, is safety training completed for the sake of regulatory compliance. Many of the students sent to safety training institutes for the traditional classroom training sessions are either simply not interested in the subject, or the wrong people sent for the subject been taught.

The problem with the above scenario, is that those not interested in the subject are not only a waste of time and resources, but more importantly their negative attitude brings down the whole standard of training received by those that have an interest. Ultimately resulting in lowered levels of safety in the workplace, and an increase in incidents and accidents, thereby reducing productivity and ultimately sustainability!                                                                                                                                                               Furthermore, having the maximum number of students attending a course, is very seldom better for the individuals or the company, and the option of e-learning may be more rewarding and beneficial for all concerned.

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