often seems difficult to find enough time to instruct new employees.
Yet proper job training is recognized as being fundamental to
reducing potential for accidents and injuries in the workplace.
seasonal workers may be first-time farm employees. Never assume
that these people know exactly what is expected of them. Put
yourself in their place--it can be frustrating and scary to
simply be directed to the workplace, with no instruction on
how to complete a particular job properly!
techniques that can make a task easier. The result will be
a happier workforce and--most likely--a higher level of productivity.
businesses should have a written safety policy. Such a document
provides a set of guidelines that encourage safer work habits.
The safety policy should be discussed in detail with all new
are a few key points that contribute to safer working conditions:
should be made aware of specific hazards in their working
environment. Explain the risks of exposure to dust, noise
and toxic materials, and provide workers with the appropriate
adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. It is
the employer's responsibility to make sure employees wear
suitable clothing for the environment in which they are
should know how to use fire extinguishers. A small extinguisher
in the hands of a trained individual can save thousands
of dollars worth of assets.
in proper lifting techniques is vital to prevention of back
operation and other complex tasks require more comprehensive
training. "Do's and don't's" of safe machine operation must
be specified. Make sure that appropriate warning decals
are in place, and insist that all workers read such information
before operating equipment. Employees should be aware of
maintenance requirements for the equipment they operate.
workers to report unsafe conditions and equipment. Timely
reaction to problems can save the employer money, and reduce
potential for lost-time injuries. Hazard recognition becomes
automatic with well-trained individuals.
what action employees should take in the event of an emergency.
More than one employee or family member should be trained
in first aid procedures.
must comply with the requirements of the Workers' Compensation
Act when hiring help. Full details of employer responsibilities
under the Act may be obtained from local Workers' Compensation
Board offices (listed in the blue pages of your telephone
hundreds of new employees are injured on the job. Many lost-time
injuries can be directly attributed to lack of worker knowledge.
assume that an individual knows what to do--it could prove
fatal! Even if a person claims to have experience, go through
the training exercise and monitor job performance after the
employee has had time to adjust to the task.
job instruction is basic to maintaining a safe operation.
When a worker is trained to perform a specific task in the
correct manner, benefits include less frustration, improved
morale, increased productivity, and a safer workplace.
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