You now have a wonderful training plan using our guidance. Training your employees is the next step. Let’s consider for a minute what will drive successful training. Of course it begins with a solid plan based on the guidance we have been discussing. However, a plan that remains on the shelf and not effectively implemented is no plan at all. So who delivers the training? Chose one of the following:
a. Instructor – a person that instructs
b. Teacher – a person that teaches
c. Trainer – a person that trains
d. Educator – a person that educates
e. Leader – a person that leads
How many of you selected “c” as the best answer? Sure, “c” is always a safe choice unless there is an “e. All of the above” choice. Not a choice here—well, actually our “e” choice is a combination of “All of the above” and more. While a Leader may not be employed or certified as an instructor, teacher, educator or trainer, a Leader does all that and more. Consider this definition of a Leader from www.thefreedictionary.com:
1. a person who rules, guides, or inspires others
That’s who should do the training! Who are the leaders in your workplace? They are your supervisors, foremen, and team leaders. They are the ones working day-to-day, hour-to-hour with employees. They have the safety meetings, mentor employees and have corrective conversations as needed. Who would be better than a supervisor? Of course someone has to train the supervisor. That would be an expert who may be on staff or retained by the employer.
The Safely Working Project believes strongly that supervisors hold a key role in creating and maintaining a Safely Working™ Environment through leadership and employee training. We discussed the role of the supervisor in a post a while back on Safely Supervising. Consider supporting and encouraging your supervisors to earn the STS certification (Safely Trained Supervisor). The investment will go a long way in maintaining a Safely Working™ Environment.
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While we believe what The Safely Working Project is promoting is useful to all employers and safety professionals, our efforts are directed at those small businesses that can’t afford or don’t have a safety professional to facilitate workplace safety.
The Safely Working Project is an approach to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors. This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety. So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”