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Assessing Your Training Needs

Friday, July 16, 2010
Assessing Your Training Needs

Assessing Your Training NeedsSafety and health training is the most critical step you can take to prevent injuries and illnesses. Training not only greatly reduces the potential for harm to an individual, but it also protects the assets of an organization. Yet, most organizations don’t know what training is required, or the frequency, content, documentation needs, or benefits of that training.

The first step is understanding what type of training is needed, which depends on what potential issues exist in your facility. The only way to ensure that all your training needs are identified is to conduct a GAP analysis. The following is a partial list of requirements from OSHA and other groups.

  • Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention Plans
  • Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Fall Protection
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Process Safety Management
  • HAZWOPER
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Confined Spaces Permit
  • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tag out)
  • Medical Services and First Aid
  • Fire Protection and Brigades
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Mechanical Power Presses
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
  • Asbestos
  • Lead, Nickel, Chromium
  • Indoor Air Quality and Mold
  • Safety Committees

Assessing Your Training NeedsThe next step is to identify the measurable goals and objectives of the training so that you can assess performance indicators. This will help you make continuous improvements and reduce the potential for injuries and illnesses. Remember, training programs must focus on specific subject matter, meet all the requirements, be specific to the facility, and include a written test at the end to measure effectiveness.

1Source Safety and Health professionals can develop and present training programs that meet your needs and satisfy the requirements of the regulations. We specialize in the presentation of customized programs and workshop activities. Our courses have been well received by both large and small organizations, including hospitals, schools, construction firms, environmental companies, manufacturing companies, and commercial facilities. We appreciate that training time is valuable and can design a program to suit your workplace.

Selected Training Topics

  • HAZWOPER Initial and Refresher
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Fall Protection
  • Lockout/Tag out
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety Committee
  • Incident Investigation
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • DOT Hazardous Material Modules
  • Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Mold Recognition, Evaluation, and Control
  • Two-hour Asbestos Awareness
  • Ergonomics
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Site-specific Agenda

For more information please contact Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, Vice President, at 610.524.5525, ext. 24.



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