Safety Training Revisited: Effective Design and Delivery
- Rifath Ali (Eastern Kentucky University and University of Louisville) | Earl Blair (Eastern Kentucky University)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- June 2018
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 57 - 60
- 2018. American Society of Safety Engineers
- 6 in the last 30 days
- 39 since 2007
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- This article provides an overview of the theory and purview of safety training.
- It suggests steps companies can take to improve training effectiveness, and outlines best practices for design and delivery, and for creating beneficial post-training assessments.
- It also addresses strategies to build new training programs, and improve existing programs and problems typically encountered during development and implementation.
Organizations may experience unintended negative side effects when productivity and profitability are pursued regardless of the consequences. Unfortunately, safety training may be perceived as a non-value-adding activity at best, or a waste of employee time and organizational resources at worst.
Conversely, when safety training is treated as an investment in human capital, the importance is highlighted for management. When employees are properly trained in safety, the benefits to their physical well-being can also be simultaneously borne by the machines, equipment or production materials they are working on and around. Effective training reduces the potential for unnecessary loss.
Whether the workplace is the factory floor of a manufacturing plant, on the ground at a building or development site, in the transportation infrastructure or any other sector of the economy involving a working association between humans and machines, knowledge of safety practices continues to be a relevant and integral part of employee training and growth.
A challenge often cited in the evaluation of safety training programs (Conklin, 2012; Cullen, 2007) is how to certify that the training actually sticks. When organizations prepare and deliver safety training that is lucid, comprehensive and compelling, the likelihood of retention increases. Well-designed and meticulously implemented training may reduce employee resistance and enhance engagement in safety efforts.
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