Our firm has been experiencing growth within our training services division as a result of more and more people re-entering the workforce. Companies are also realizing the importance of a skilled workforce and how training can assist in mitigating risks.
Reams and reams of paper have been utilized in efforts to convey, to all concerned, the full responsibility of everyone in the prevention of incidents. Included in company responsibility is the training of their employees on the tasks he or she is to perform.
All too often new employees are hired, given their assignment, and are then expected to perform efficiently and safely without adequate task instruction or safety instruction. Even employees with previous experience often need retraining and reorientation if task efficiency and safety are to be maintained. The skills and work habits, that worker’s must possess, must be taught to him or her. Training begins when the employees is hired if our efforts are to be most effective.
Who then, should be responsible for training the employee? It’s believed that the logical person to impart the required knowledge and technique required for the task, is someone familiar with the tasks at hand and the means to mitigate the risks associated. This is normally the workers’ immediate supervisor. They are in the best position to give actual on-the-job instruction and, in addition, they are the persons to whom the employee will be directly responsible. This makes the task more efficient and it manifests interest in the employee’s welfare.
What should we teach and what procedures should the supervisor follow? The supervisor should instruct the worker on the job to be done so that he or she can produce it in safe manner and as timely a fashion as possible. Safety precautions should be taught by someone familiar with the task and the hazards associated, prior to beginning the task. Specific job hazards should be pointed out in connection with each phase of the task, and instruction should be given on specific safe work practices that will help him or her avoid these hazards. Poor instruction or no instruction at all results in incidents and production inefficiencies due to the important task objectives not being presented clearly before actually giving instruction.
Many companies have found, from experience, that effective task and safety training is a must if an efficient operation is to be maintained. Proper task training means efficiency with safety. Efficiency and safety, together, result in the desired results of quality and production.
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