All employees must take responsibility for their adherence to the organisation’s safety policies, but it is down to the employer to ensure that they are appropriately trained. Health and Safety training for all staff – whether permanent, temporary or a contractor – should begin during any induction process, followed by regular ‘refresher’ training and briefings.
Ongoing task-specific training should then be provided according to the specifics of each role. In some circumstances it may also be appropriate to incorporate an element of assessment.
Training techniques might include formal presentations, workshops or scenario based role-plays etc but could also include less formal formats such as road intranet content, films or desk-top packages.
Periodically gauging staff opinion about health and safety habits can help determine whether measures and procedures are both appropriate and understood.
Demonstrate that this is a transparent process by sharing the results – both positive and negative – with staff along with any resulting actions.
Clear, succinct, jargon-free guidance about safety standards and procedures should be freely provided. Where detailed procedural documents are necessary they should be accompanied by at-a-glance summaries or checklists covering essential points such as the actions to be followed in the event of an incident or near miss.
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