Safety Training Policy
Author: Leanne Coffman
When to Use
Teaching workers to recognize and avoid dangerous situations in the workplace is a central and fundamental aspect of compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Numerous studies conducted since the inception of OSHA and decades of reporting criteria have demonstrated the effectiveness of employee training in preventing occupational accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Implementing a solid training program in the workplace is foundational to safety and compliance. For employers, a safety training policy is an essential component in a workplace safety program. The policy demonstrates the importance of hazard awareness and employee safety, as well as displays employer-wide commitment toward best practice management of HR through training.
The safety training policy may be used whenever a company is beginning or revising a safety program as an element that helps direct the efforts of all employees, management and supervisors. The policy grants authority to departments and individuals in the company charged with aspects of training and outlines a chain of command within this structure.
The policy can be used as a proactive tool to help set a framework for the methods and reasons employee training is provided. Safety training policies also clearly set forth company expectations and establish responsibilities, which provide special benefit to newly hired employees to understand workplace requirements. Additionally, safety training policies can be beneficial for budgeting purposes and in the application process for workplace safety grants sponsored by various agencies.
While all employees should be aware of the policy, those parties responsible for conducting aspects of training (such as supervisors) must be instructed on their duties under the policy. Employers should make certain that affected workplace trainers are provided with written copies of the policy in their departments and follow the requirements outlined.
The policy should be periodically reviewed for effectiveness or necessary modifications. Workplace chain of command changes or regulatory amendments may require revisions in the policy. If revisions in the policy are necessary, employers should communicate these changes to all employees and supervisors.