The best OSHA training course for your company will have been created to fit the specific needs of your employees. OSHA training is designed to evaluate situations where improvement to work place safety can be elevated to acceptable standards.
The focus should be on areas where the employee has a deficit that may lead to a job injury or illness. A training module for new employees should encompass the entire process of a job’s description. The training module for existing employees should focus only on the employee’s job function deficits.
Record The Employee’s Understanding Of The Material
A good course must allow the employee to demonstrate that the information in the OSHA course has been comprehended and absorbed. This will be easier if the course is closely focused on their job function. The ideal course may involve outside instruction through videos (DVD or streaming online video), online interactive media, or guest speakers. It is a good idea to track each employee’s progress on an individual basis. With interactive online courses this can be done through quizzes that both test comprehension and record progress.
Training should be clear and concise and presented in a way that the employee can understand and relate to their job function. Helpful tips for OSHA training involve the use of learning aids such as materials that show the overview of the lesson, using a summary of what the employee was supposed to learn and relating the education to the employees learning goals. Keep training exercises as close as possible to the actual work environment.
Assessing success and Failure
No matter the course you pick you should go back and evaluate program effectiveness to measure whether or not the training met the intended goals and objectives. Evaluation can be written, verbal or demonstrative. Developing clear measures of your training program’s effectiveness is a critical part of the ongoing OSHA compliance program in your company. Tools that can be used to evaluate program effectiveness are questionnaires, tests, supervisory observation of employee’s job performance, and monitoring employee injury and illness rates.
Ultimately OSHA training is designed to reduce workplace injuries through the establishment of standards that educate employers and employees in workplace safety. The goal is to safeguard workers from dangerous work practices, environmental hazards and more. Therefore you planning and goal setting must take account of this.
Identifying Areas Where Training Can Improve Safety
Not all employee positions require specialized training to perform their job safely. In some cases other issues may be present that are causing injuries or illness. Some issues are not fixable through simple employee training.
To determine if training is needed, the issue/problem must be evaluated to see if lack of training is at fault or partially at fault. Some injuries are not the result of lack of training but in fact may be attributed to a workplace hazard or lack of engineering control. A good goal is to make certain that employee training and education are in place prior to workplace injuries or illness.
Training can effectively reduce injuries and illness that arise from lack of employee training, lack of knowledge of work process or lack of safe operation of equipment. In some cases injuries or illness may be a result of employee moral, lack of attention, or lessened motivation. In situations where employee motivation or lack of attention are concerned, training can be a limited fix for these issues.
Identifying Educational Shortfalls
When lack of training is a reason for injury or illness then the next process is to determine the types of training that are needed to correct the issue(s.) Evaluation of employee job expectations, procedures of accomplishing employee jobs, and areas of job performance/skill that the employee is lacking are all steps used to identify training needs. Developing employee training modules can be achieved by looking at engineering data for equipment as well as the material safety data sheets that cover chemicals the employee may come in contact with.