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It’s All About Content…… would have little value other than as a placeholder if it didn’t have content.  There would be no reason to visit the site.  If we want repeat visitors the site must be interesting.  If you want effective training, it must have content and it must be interesting and engaging.  We’re going to focus on types of content to present in training.  These are recommendations developed by The Safely Working Project.

Before we get too far along we should take a moment to define training.  Wikipedia describes training this way:

Training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. Training has specific goals of improving one’s capability, capacity, productivity and performance. (From <> )

That says it well.  Employers encounter training requirements not only from OSHA but also from industry standards, trade groups and corporate dictates.  Sometimes employers may be required to pre-qualify for a job or project by documenting that employees have been trained to stated specifications.  The required training can range from the basic transfer of information to competency based learning for skills.

In our model training mission statement (here) we included this sentence: “Our employees will be informed and familiar with all processes, policies, plans, programs, practices and procedures relevant to their duties.”  These are the 6 priorities of how an employer implements and maintains a Safely Working Environment.  We defined each as a part of the “chassis” in a recent post.

It’s logical to use the 6 Priorities for determining training plan content.  In the table below we have assigned one or more of the priorities to each training group.  As responsibility increases to the higher training groups the training accumulates from the lower levels.

Training Content

UnassignedInformation – policies and processes
Assigned: Training and Awareness – practices
Authorized: Training – practices and procedures
Leader: Training – procedures and plans
Expert: Training – practices, procedures, plans, programs
Manager: Training and Awareness – programs, plans

For instance, a Leader must be trained on procedures and plans, but also practices, policies and processes.  If we apply the learning domains discussed in the post on learning domains we can consider those learning behaviors accordingly.  As applied to practices, procedures, plans and programs, the expert must have the knowledge and ability to synthesize and evaluate; the skills associated with a competent person; and the attitude that reflects a value system of Safely Working™.

In this and the prior posts on training we have offered a simple approach to training.  In general, we have established training groups, training behaviors and training content.  It is clear that wall-to-wall training is not appropriate for most content in your training plan.  The training plan should be based on roles and responsibilities.  Just like a budget, the training plan needs to have each level described and justified if it is expected to be effectively executed.

Now it’s all about execution!


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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.”