We all know that employee training can have a huge impact on safety. It’s not just about being compliant with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Standards. You care about your employees’ physical health and you care about your business’ productivity. When an employee is aware of the safety hazards of a given job, they can avoid problems and do their best work safely. This, in turn, increases your business reputation and profitability.
If there is an accident, and you don’t have a record of training, it can put your company in a grave situation that has both monetary and legal implications. Not having a documented training program should frighten you, because it puts you and your company at risk. If you don’t have one, yesterday is a good time to get one in place.
Is it time to reassess possible safety hazards at your company and implement an updated employee safety training program?
Yes, retraining is required and very important. How do you know when it’s the right time to retrain an employee for a given task? To answer that question, you need to track both training and incidents and be able to link the two statistics.
One client I worked with in the very dangerous oil and gas industry found that the first six months after an employee had been hired there was a high rate of accidents. After that, it fell to nearly zero. However, after three years of doing a given job, the rate returned to nearly that of new hires.
For that business, that was the point at which employees began to show signs of over familiarity with their job. By introducing retraining when an employee had been on the job 2 1/2 years, they saw a noticeable drop in accidents. How did they figure that out? They used a software program, I specifically developed for them to track and correlate the incidents to training.
How Can You Lower Your Incident Costs?
Step 1: Establish a documented training program.
Step 2: Track both your training and incidents in a manner that allows you to connect the two data items.
Step 3: Establish a documented retraining program.
Does that sound too complicated? Wall St Data Intensive Software has been offering personalized solutions to automating this process for over 15 years. If you’re ready to unravel the puzzle of your business’ database of information, contact me and let’s tailor a solution that fits your needs.
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