The link between proper training and its role in health and safety is obvious for most business owners. However, the link between proper training and its effect on a company’s health and safety policies is less obvious.

Seemingly minor incidents tend to have a palpable effect on not only productivity, but also costs and time on the business. It stands to reason that the causality between proper training and its role in the health and safety management of the company needs to be further explored.


Inclusive Not Exclusive Training

Many training regimens treat health and safety training as a subset—or offset—of the primary training. However, this quickly creates the perception among the trainees that health and safety are separate concerns outside of their primary role, when in fact the opposite is true.

Often health and safety is mentioned in a training environment during primary training but it is often done in passing with the emphasis being placed in specific H&S training. Instead, all areas of training should draw specific conclusions and links to H&S, in addition to the primary training objectives. As such, a direct correlation is established between the individual, their role in the company and their role in maintaining H&S objectives and requirements.


Training For A Proactive And Preventative Role

While inclusive H&S training is essential within the guise of primary training, the emphasis should also be placed on providing a proactive approach to H&S issues instead of a reactionary one. A proactive H&S training approach and a preventative approach are mutually beneficial to addressing both, overall H&S concerns and issues while also providing an effective H&S management.

Not only does a proactive and preventative H&S approach reduce the likelihood of incidents, it also positions the company towards reduced exposure to liability in the event of an incident. By contrast, a reactive approach to H&S increases exposure to liability as well as provides no benefit in reducing incidents.


Plainly put, ineffective H&S training as a separate element of primary training generates conditions for H&S concerns to proliferate. Only by engaging proper training that encompasses and links H&S with all aspects of the primary training will induce the appropriate level of awareness and competency that will not only help to prevent incidents, but will allow for a faster and more notable response when and if such an incident occurs. However, only a properly trained and oriented H&S management staff can readily effect and maintain the correct methodology to provide the safety culture for this type of training to grow and bear fruit for your company.

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