Workplace Safety Training by: Kirby Kraft, Bayer (SLCCC Safety Chair)
Workplace safety culture starts with a well-trained workforce. Safety training is required by state and federal regulation and good safety training demonstrates your commitment to safety. There are many ways to train and reinforce safety messaging – be that through formal class room training, weekly job site safety meetings or a pre-shift tool box talk.
SLCCC Owner expectations are for contractor guests working on location establish procedures to ensure contractor and subcontractor employees are instructed regarding work hazards and the methods by which the hazards can be controlled. These expectations are outlined in the SLCCC published “Basic Safety Program Guidelines” that were updated in April 2019. Link: Safety Guidelines
A challenge for safety managers is to provide well thought out and relevant training for our employees working in the construction trades. There are a variety of resources and products available on the market to assist in meeting training needs for the jobsite.
One source of training materials available to all is through the Susan Harwood Training Grant program funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of labor. Training materials available on the website may be copyrighted property of the Susan Harwood Training Grantee. However, the grantees authorize employers and workplace safety and health professionals to use this material in their workplaces or practices in accordance with the guidance contained in the material.
Check it out! Fiscal Year 2018 award categories topics included training materials and courses to educate workers to identify hazards and work safely. There are a variety of safety topics on the website and something for everyone looking to enhance safety training materials used to promote job safety.