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Online OSHA Training & Workplace Safety

Benefits of Workplace Safety Training

Workplace safety is a huge issue for every company. Companies must focus on safety training to keep their employees safe, and their businesses successful. Every employee needs to know the importance of workplace safety. Employees should feel safe and comfortable in their working environment. A comprehensive safety training program will ensure you that your employees know the rules and regulations of workplace safety.

A safety training program gives your employees the knowledge they need to complete their jobs while remaining safe at all times. Safety training also gives them the confidence they need to work without fear of safety. The knowledge an employee gains from a safety training program is key to a safe workplace- what do in an emergency, recognizing an unsafe situation, and specialized safety information for their particular job.

Of course, the company also benefits from an employee safety training program. Employees who have completed a safety training program can communicate their safety knowledge, making for a safe workplace- and it shows. An effective safety training program will lower incident and accident rates, thus producing higher productivity. Employees who have completed a safety training course are likely to feel much more safe, and cared for by their employees. This raises company morale- again, raising productivity.

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A safety training program also protects your company. A safety training program is real and tangible- something that shows you have adequately trained your employees in workplace safety. An insurance company can look at the safety training program you have made all of your employees complete, and know that you have done your part to protect your employees and ensure workplace safety. A safety training program can give you peace of mind that you really have protected your employees by giving them the knowledge they need to protect themselves.

Safety training promotes awareness, which is key to workplace safety. Online or cd-rom based safety training allows you to emphasize workplace safety, and allows for the flexibility needed in today’s business. Online and cd-rom based safety training programs will make certain that all of your employees are trained thoroughly in workplace safety- without costing you a fortune or interfering with necessary business operations.

Safety training gives you and your employees the safety knowledge needed for a safe and successful business. A comprehensive safety training program is necessary in today’s competitive global marketplace.

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Business, Education, Health & Safety, OSHA Compliance, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fire Prevention for Your Business

As a property owner and an employer, it is important to identify and control conditions that may increase the chance for fire damage within your business. If unprepared, many businesses cannot reopen after a major loss. If you want to train your employee’s in techniques of Fire Safety and Fire Prevention, do some research before you hire a trainer to ensure they are qualified for this type of training. The following areas of fire protection should be evaluated.

Sprinkler systems

Your building may be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. When properly installed and maintained, this system provides 24-hour fire protection. Should a fire start, the system will activate and release a water spray in the area of the fire, suppressing it until the fire department arrives. Often, a sprinkler system totally extinguishes a fire. It is important that the system be professionally inspected on a regular basis.

Fire Extinguishers

It is important that your building has the right type, size and number of fire extinguishers. A call to your nearest fire protection equipment supplier or fire department will help ensure that you have the protection you need. A quality extinguisher will be either UL-listed or FM-approved.

Extinguishers are classified by the types of fires they extinguish. There are also clean agent fire extinguishers for protecting electronic items such as computers, telephone system equipment, and some mechanical equipment. The agent is clean, non-conductive and effective.

Fire extinguishers lose their charge over time and may become ineffective. A professional fire equipment supplier should periodically inspect the extinguishers to verify they are still operational.

Smoke detectors

Although smoke detectors don’t put out fires, they do provide early warning that may allow escape from the building. Like fire extinguishers, detectors are also laboratory tested to ensure that they meet certain safety and performance standards. For battery-operated units, test and replace the batteries on a regular basis.

Some detectors may be powered by the building’s electrical system and may also have a back-up battery. These units should also be tested regularly.

Flammable Liquid Storage and Use

Businesses today often use a variety of flammable or combustible liquids, such as cleaners, solvents, adhesives, etc. Flammable liquids give off vapors that may travel with the natural airflow. These vapors may explode when ignited by a spark, such as a faulty electrical switch or a flame from a water heater pilot light.

Store flammable liquids in their original container or in a UL-listed safety can. Allow plenty of ventilation when using flammable liquids to reduce the risk of fire and injury or illness from breathing the vapors.

It is a good idea to limit the amount of flammable liquids stored on the property.

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Business, Education, Health & Safety, OSHA Compliance, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Identify Employee Training Needs Through Needs Assessment

As a small business owner, it’s important to take proactive steps toward making sure that your employees are ready and able to handle the technological and environmental changes that are likely to impact your business. It’s important to remember that employee training doesn’t stop with your new hire orientation procedures. Organizational training needs are ongoing, particularly in the rapidly changing 21st century workforce.

Strategic Needs Assessment

The best way to make sure that you are providing employees with the training needed to position your business for long term success is to engage in an ongoing needs assessment process at both the organizational and individual levels. The process of needs assessment involves developing an understanding of where your organization is now, in terms of employee skills, and where it needs to be in the future.

Individual needs assessment involves looking at your employees’ current skill levels and identifying any gaps that exist between their current abilities and what they need to be able to do, now and in the future. At the organizational level, strategic needs assessment involves identifying gaps between the skills that exist across the organization and the skills that need to be in place to accomplish the company’s long term strategic plans.

Targeted Training

Once you have conducted a thorough assessment of your organization’s training needs, you can identify which gaps are actually training issues. You can begin implementing an employee development plan designed to make sure that your workforce is positioned to take your organization forward toward accomplishment of its long term strategic planning goals.

Depending on your organization’s goals, and the market it which it operates, your workforce may need both technology and soft skills training. An important part of strategic planning is identifying the technological and environmental factors that will allow your organization to become or remain competitive now and in the future.

For example, leadership and management training can be an important component of succession planning. Additionally, providing employees with training on how to use software applications can enable companies to automate various aspects of production and delivery processes.

Workforce Development Benefits

By encouraging necessary employee skill development training, you are playing an important role in fulfilling your company’s long term staffing needs. Companies that are committed to providing employees with training opportunities enjoy the benefits of improved employee satisfaction and retention. Keeping highly trained and motivated employees can help your organization continue to move forward and become increasingly successful over the long term.

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Business, Education, Health & Safety, OSHA Compliance, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment