Regularly Scheduled Safety Training
Certain safety training topics have to be refreshed or retrained on a set schedule. In most cases, safety or other training courses that result in or require a certification will only be valid for a certain length of time before retraining is required. It is always a good idea to take note of what safety training expires and when so that you can ensure that all employees are properly trained and certified.
After a Safety Audit
Since safety audits can provide you with a wealth of information about how safe practices can be improved in your company, updating employee safety training after an audit can be a great way to ensure that employees are being trained on all relevant topics. Performing safety training after an audit can also help address and rectify any unsafe practices or behaviour in the workplace.
After a Near Miss or Accident
If a near miss or accident occurs in the workplace, chances are that there is a hole in the safety system. Since unsafe practices are rarely caused by a reckless individual but rather from a lack of knowledge and understanding, make sure to take the opportunity to reinforce the importance of safety as a whole and to retrain employees on the safety issue that caused the near miss or accident.
On an Annual Basis
When it comes to ensuring a safe working environment, nothing is more critical than safety training. As a general guideline, consider retraining employees every year to keep them up to date on the most recent regulations and requirements. Retraining employees on an annual basis can also help normalize safety training, making it a part of your company culture rather than something that only takes place after an incident.
If you would like to learn more about how often safety training should be conducted, or if you are interested in one of our safety training services, please contact EFAS at 604-294-EFAS or toll free at 1-833-294-EFAS or by filling out a contact form on our website.