As soon as you mention safety training to your employees, there is a good chance that they will groan, roll their eyes, and throw a wide variety of disapproving looks in your direction. You may even hear a "Didn't we just do that last year?" from the back of the room. However, even if your workers aren't totally thrilled about the idea, it is vital that they undergo safety training at least once or twice a year. Here's why:
Why Your Workers Need Regular Safety Training
In many industries, employees are legally required to attend a safety training class every so often. If your company operates in one of these sectors, your workers will need to attend a safety course or risk becoming unqualified or ineligible for their job. Since some of your employees may not be aware of the requirements, you may wish to schedule the training on their behalf - just to make sure that you do not have to let them go.
Of course, when one of your employees has been working in your industry for a long time, they may begin to feel like they know all of the safety requirements and don't need to undergo any training. In reality, however, it is when an employee develops this level of complacency that they need safety training most of all. If your employees believe that they don't need to be reminded about how to stay safe on the job, send them to training as soon as you can.
The list of reasons why your workers should attend regular safety training sessions doesn't end there, however. Changes in technology and safety procedures are always evolving. As such, the information that they learned a couple of years ago may no longer be accurate. If it has been a while since your employees attended a safety training class, send them again. There may be new developments that they need to be aware of.
Safety Training Can Save Your Company Money
From a business perspective, the best part about safety training is the fact that it can save you money. The most obvious saving is insurance. If your employees aren't getting hurt all of the time, your insurer will be able to lower your premiums - potentially saving you thousands of dollars every year.
However, when you invest in employee safety training, you will also save quite a bit of cash on recruitment and training. After all, if your workers aren't leaving their jobs because of serious workplace injuries, you won't need to go out and find someone to replace them - again, saving you thousands of dollars per employee.
Having spent years traveling around the nation helping companies reduce workplace accidents, Brad Hurtig knows just about everything there is to know about safety training. To learn more about how you can help your business, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!