Training is essential and is a legal requirement as per the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It is the employer’s responsibility to issue training to all employees upon induction and at regular intervals throughout their career. Some regulations require set refresher intervals, for example, First Aid at Work certificates every three years. Without this, the workplace can be a dangerous place for everyone present. Therefore, this blog will be discussing a method used to help manage training requirements.
1) Identifying Training Needs
Firstly, it is important to identify the skill gaps in the workforce. Only then can you implement any programmes. Remember to treat each employee individually as they are likely to have different levels of experience. Therefore, they may require different training programmes.
The training programme can be planned once the needs have been established. Careful planning is essential so you are not wasting the time of your employee or yourself. There are three elements to consider for the planning stage: the employee, environment and the trainer.
You need to relay some key information to the employee before they start. They have to know where and when it is taking place and why they need to attend. Make sure the training is tailored to them and that any special requirements are implemented.
The environment needs to be as close to the real thing as possible. There is no point training in a completely different environment as it will provide no insight into the job. Consider the job description and look at what tools and equipment would be needed. The room itself must be in good condition. The more comfortable the employee, the more receptive to the training they will be.
The trainer must be a competent person. Just because you have authority over someone, doesn’t automatically qualify you to train them. Consider an external consultant if there is not competent person on your workforce.
When planning the training, don’t try and cut costs for the sake of it as it will lose its effectiveness. Ultimately, the more that goes into the training, the better prepared the employee is to act safely and complete their tasks, increasing productivity and reducing accidents.
3) Implement Training
There are multiple training techniques. Again, people learn in different ways so each technique should be considered. Furthermore, some jobs will better suit certain techniques to other. For example, fire drills are best under a practical situation. Try and make it as enjoyable as possible as this will increase engagement.
Finally, once the training has been implemented, the evaluation process can begin. The evaluation process is key to working out how effective the program has been. Future programmes can therefore be changed. There are four types of evaluation: Reactive, Knowledge, Competence and Organisational.
This is getting feedback from the participant about the training. This needs to be done once the training has happened as it will be fresh in their memory.
Test the participants on content that came up in the training. A successful programme would be demonstrated through the participant being able to answer most of the questions. Written or verbal tests would be appropriate.
Observe the employee carrying out their tasks. Make an assessment on whether they can competently carry out the tasks. Keep records on any observations.
This method looks at how the training has affected the business as a whole. Consider elements such as number of accidents and the cost of those accidents.
You will be able to use this feedback to further improve future programmes. This part is therefore essential to the process.
Eric is our Health and Safety Guru. He’s here to offer a top tip. This week he had this to say: Make sure you are maintaining your training records. This will help organise future training and manage employee’s skills sets. In addition, it would be useful for larger organisations to develop a training matrix.
What Sure Safety Can Offer
We hold professional teaching qualifications to help you with your training needs. Sure Safety can help deliver the required training to your employees for all health, safety and fire training purposes. Bespoke training packages can be designed to ensure a high level of engagement – health and safety training doesn’t need to be boring. Sure Safety are competent in the ongoing assessment in trainee delegate. Therefore we won’t just test their knowledge at the end but we’ll formatively assess their progress during the training. Some hot topics for training include: Manual Handling, Fire Awareness COSHH and Working at Height. We can help keep your costs low by holding the courses at your premises, making it more practical for you. If this is of interest, get in touch.
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