With apologies to the U.S. Navy who coined “Keep It Simple, Stupid,” The Safely Working Project is modifying K.I.S.S. to “Keep It Simple and Sensible.” That fits quite nicely with the intent of the Safely Working™ Environment and strikes at the same objective as all the K.I.S.S. variants. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle)
We now have all the pieces to assemble a “simple and sensible” training plan without any special assistance. We’ve identified our different training audiences and introduced guidance on learning domains to focus your training development and delivery efforts. With Safe 6® as the one workplace rule we use that to structure and define our training plan.
Now we are ready to develop a 6 Ed Training Brief. This is a simple lesson plan that lists the training objectives and how they will be achieved. Let’s build on our recommendation that we use the Safe 6® Brief to establish training objectives. At the same time we need to identify who our audience is for the training. Are we training supervisors or general employees? Looking at the learning domains we see that more is expected of the supervisor (Leader) than for a new hire (Unassigned).
Assemble all the information and guidance you already have on the topic. This might include a Safe 6® Brief and a Danger Check. Don’t worry if you don’t have them yet. You can develop them at the same time. We are assuming you are ahead of the curve and giving yourself plenty of time for this effort. Make a simple one page form and type the topic name and the following paragraph at the top:
Please identify 6 concerns or elements that are critical to this training topic. These may be related to mishaps, disciplinary issues, needed skills, knowledge, or anything else that should be included in the training session. Your response will be used to develop specific training objectives for this topic.
Distribute this form to your safety committee and to supervisors and managers. If you can complete it during a safety committee meeting, definitely do it. If not, give a 2-3 day deadline. It shouldn’t take long for them to do. Collect all the responses and tabulate them on a white board or paper. Record the responses starting with the most popular.
Next, assign each response to the appropriate step in Safe 6®. If you haven’t prepared a Safe 6® Brief you have a start and you can fill in the gaps now or later. Now that you have organized the responses using Safe 6 it is time to review each point and determine where it fits into the KSA learning domains.
Do your best to take each point and turn it into a training objective — what should the employee be able to do once the training is complete. If specific skills are needed, they can’t be taught using videos — hands-on training will be necessary.
Review the completed Training Brief with your safety committee and the person assigned to do the training. Revise the Brief accordingly. This doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. The fact is there should always be a continual effort to improve training.
There’s been no mention of OSHA training regulations. The responses you get should have OSHA covered and then some. After you have finished putting the 6 Ed Brief together you can go back to the OSHA regulations and fill in any gaps or deficiencies. Chances are, you will have the practical information and skills identified already.
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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.”