5 Tips to Ensure Your Workers are Adequately Trained
- Undertake a risk assessment to establish where your training needs lie – you might find that this process identifies hazards which would be best controlled by staff training, either in place of other controls or alongside them. Work out whether the training would be best given on the job (for example, in relation to using machinery), in a classroom (perhaps in relation to theory) or as a mixture of both.
- Keep training records of who has received which training and when – this will help to identify when refresher training is needed.
- Always consider staff training requirements when new work conditions arise or the environment changes – for example, when new equipment is introduced, people change jobs or work is done outside rather than inside.
- Ensure the training is carried out by competent people who understand the nature of the hazards involved. Provide written instructions where necessary for workers to refer back to, for example, for complex procedures.
- Check with staff after the training has been given that they understood it, and that it was suitable for their needs. Use any feedback given to help you plan your next training sessions.
Training is one area that you cannot afford to get wrong – make sure your staff know what health and safety risks can be found in their roles, and how they are supposed to manage those risks to avoid coming to any harm.
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