The benefits of successful safety orientations, the key topics to cover and the importance of providing ongoing training.
In the construction industry, 60% of accidents occur during the first year of work. One of the main reasons for this is not meeting the OSHA standards which are required in health and safety orientations. Money can be another issue if these standards are not met and in 2015, claims which were filed by recently hired workers in the construction industry in Colorado, cost businesses $419,966,302.
Workers are less likely to feel like part of a team and surveys have revealed that 40% of employees who are given poor job training leave during their first year of work. The building of a strong safety culture, which they should feel a part of as soon as work begins, is a priority to prevent accidents occurring. Nine key ways of making this possible, are investigated in the eBook, mentioning why they are so important and how they can be made a successful part of safety orientations. Some of these important methods include:
- Job-specific training, depending on the location and different safety issues involved.
- Understanding the rights and responsibilities of both workers and employers under the health and safety act.
OSHA standards are different, depending on the industry and in the construction industry, training is necessary in categories such as hazard communication, ladders, scaffolds, fall protection and personal protective equipment. This is why job-specific training is so important and training may need be site-specific if certain safety hazards occur, such as overhead power lines only found on a single site.
For a successful safety orientation:
The future of the safety movement is not so much dependent upon the invention of safety devices as on the improvement of methods of educating people to the ideal of caution and safety (Walter Dill Scott, 1921).
Download the eBook and learn more about:
- The importance of a successful safety orientation.
- Key topics to include in safety orientations.
- The importance of ongoing training.