Safety starts at the front lines. That means it starts with your employees. As in any industrial workplace, your workers provide the primary defense against accidents and injuries. They enact policies and procedures on an everyday basis that protect everyone’s health.
Training is key to that process. Give your workers the instruction they need, and your workplace will remain as safe as possible. But you need to balance these training sessions with productive output. So how much is enough? How often do industrial employees need workplace safety training?
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you answer those crucial questions:
Coming in, all new employees should receive comprehensive safety training. This should cover all aspects of the new worker’s job and any information they need to safely operate within your facility. The process should include an evaluation process as well. That way, you can confirm that each employee has understood the information.
Changes to Policy
Any time you update the safety procedure, you should disseminate the amended information among your staff. However, it’s not enough to simply tell them. A one-off memo is likely to be ignored. New procedures require new training. As you roll out new safety precautions, devise a comprehensive training program to ensure that your workers will follow the new policies on an ongoing basis.
You should follow a similar path for the introduction of new equipment. Every upgraded machine and every cutting-edge tool represent a fresh potential safety hazard. If something new comes into a worker’s orbit, they should be aware of its dangers and shown the proper way to use it.
You are constantly looking for new ways to maximize efficiency in your production process. If you discover a new way to improve efficiency, that change in process should come with an in-depth look at the safety implications. When you change how an employee does their job, you should also provide updated safety training.
Periodic Training Refreshers
Like any lesson, safety training requires reinforcement. Small precautions drop out of people’s routines, and even conscientious workers sometimes drift into bad habits over time. Your job is to prevent this. Periodic formal retraining sessions help reinforce procedures.
You don’t need to pull employees out of productive rotation in order to reassert your commitment to safety. You don’t even need to invest that much time and effort to make sure safety remains a top priority. A series of small, regular reminders often do the trick. This can take the form of passive prompts, like signs and written directives. Or you can take the form of short safety talks, highlighting some areas of emphasis.
Training information shouldn’t come just in periodic bursts. It should represent part of the day-to-day routine. Everyone in your facility should live safety throughout their shift. Make this happen by prioritizing safety and making sure everyone follows the proper procedures at all times. In other words, make it central to your culture.
Training your employees to reach the highest levels of safety compliance requires a commitment to ongoing education. It also requires the right employees. By teaming with a top staffing agency, like LaborMAX, you find the efficient, conscientious workers you need to get the job done as safely (and as profitably) as possible.
Contact LaborMAX Staffing today to discuss your contingent light industrial staffing needs.