THE 5 STEPS TO AN EFFECTIVE
SAFETY, HEALTH & TRAINING PROGRAM
STEP 1 Decide what training your organization needs
1.Identify the skills and knowledge needed for people to do their job in a safe and healthy way.
2.Compare these against people’s current skills and knowledge and identify the gaps.
3.Review your experience of injuries, near misses or cases of ill health.
4.Look at your risk assessments to see where information and/or training have been identified as factors in
5. Consult employees or their representatives for their views.
6. Consider awareness training needs for directors, managers and supervisors, including:
- a. how you manage health and safety;
- b. who is responsible for what;
- c. the cost to the business if things go wrong;
- d. how to identify hazards and evaluate risks and the hazards encountered and measures for controlling them.
STEP 2 Decide your training priorities
1.Does the law require you to carry out specific training.
2.Top priorities would include those where lack of information and/or training might result in serious
harm, and those which benefit the largest numbers of staff.
3. Consult employees or their representatives for their views.
4. Training for new recruits and for people changing jobs or taking on new responsibilities should always
be a priority.
STEP 3 Choose your training methods and resources
1. Choose your methods, for example:
- a. giving information or instruction;
- b. coaching or on-the-job training;
- c. training in the ‘classroom’;
- d. open and distance learning, GS&H E-Learning;
- e. in groups or individually; and
- f. computer-based or interactive learning.
STEP 4 Have GS&H Deliver the training
From initial assessment through implementation and enforcement, let GS&H be your authority for
developing and maintaining safe workplace environments. Our expertise allows us to offer effective and
economical solutions for your toughest safety challenges. We base our plan on your company’s size, degree of hazard, and safety aptitude.
STEP 5 Check that the training has worked
1.Do your employees understand what you require of them?
2.Do they now have the knowledge and skills needed to work safely and without risk to health?
3.Are they actually working as they have been trained?
4.Has there been any improvement in your organization’s health and safety performance?
5.What feedback are you getting from line managers and the people who have been trained?
6.Is further information and/or training needed?
7.Was the most suitable training method used?
8.What improvements can be made?
9.Has there been a change in behavior and practice?
10.It is important to keep records of training, even in-house training.
11.You should monitor training records so that refresher training can be given when needed.