While many employers regularly conduct safety training for their employees – particularly when it comes to introducing new equipment or trying to get better corporate insurance rates, whether or not this training is actually effective can typically only be tested by time to see if employees took in and applied any of the information provided. Instead of gambling on workers’ safety in this way, managers and others can be proactive about making their workplace safety training sessions as effective as possible to try to reduce workplace injuries and keep their employees as safe as possible.
The following are some tips on how to create an effective workplace safety training session:
- Consider your audience: The best way to present an effective safety training session will, in large part, depend on whom you will be presenting the training course to. For example, if your audience is mostly comprised of other managers, the focus on the training sessions should be geared towards helping managers implement and support the safety program. Alternately, for a specific group of employees, the focus of the session would be better suited towards pointing out how they can implement new safety strategies in their day-to-day operations.
- Use visual aids: Simply standing in front of a group of people and telling them about safety – even if you use a PowerPoint presentation – can be a snoozefest for many employees. To keep employees engaged in the topic at hand, use visual aids like pictures or even physical objects that can demonstrate the topic of discussion.
- Ask participants to relay their own experiences: Along with using visual aids, asking employees in the session to share their own experiences with a specific safety topic (or dangerous situation) can keep them engaged in the discussion. It can also offer a springboard into other discussions or topics that are of particular interest to the group in the session.
Check out the forthcoming Part 2 of this blog for additional tips on how to create an effective workplace safety training session.
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