Introduction

Risk Assessment training should not be done in a vacuum, in other words – preparation, planning and design all need thoughtfulness in order for you training program to be successful. This paper will cover the upfront considerations that I believe will help you achieve success with your risk assessment training program, because it is more than conducting training, it is about introducing risk assessment in to the operations of your organization.

I'll start with looking at the management structure, so we know what kind of environment we are working within, move on to certain aspects of training and then needs assessments. The needs assessment activities will address the maturity of the organizations risk management program and or OSHM program as well as provide input on where to start with the preliminary training planning and preparation. I'll finish up with some change management consideration and conclude with a summary section.

Chapter 1
Management Structure

Training must take in to consideration, the management and organizational structure. In a simple model of the management function, it could be said to be comprised of 5 basic elements:

  • Plan

  • Organize

  • Direct

  • Control and

  • Monitor

Organizational models and choices that are made in determining management structure as well as strategy include, but are not limited to these aspects as well:

  • Formal/structured – otherwise – varies by division/objective/local

  • Hierarchal – bureaucratic – autonomous – collaborative ~ competitive as well as - the nature of the objectives the firm pursues, all need consideration

  • Motivation and reward (intrinsic versus extrinsic)

  • Decision making – autocratic / democratic – centralized / decentralized

Why is it important to look in to the management structure you might ask - well my interpretation of risk management and OSH management is that they are not management system in and of themselves, but are enhancements to the existing management system. So we must understand the management system we are working with, so we are operating from the same framework. This also means that one size does not fit all, so this paper is more of a guide to help you navigate the process to identify our organizations needs and how you might want to go about planning for the risk assessment training you want to roll out, properly plugged in to the existing management system – with consideration for – roles, goals, procedures and very importantly to the mission of the organization.

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