09 - Employee Safety Training & Experience

This risk factor measures the experience of employees and the level of safety training that they receive. Experienced employees are less likely to make errors that could cause injuries to other people, or damage 3rd party property. Safety training, which includes job safety, firefighting training and evacuation drills, is a valuable tool for reducing the potential for accidents and injuries that could result in liability claims.

What do we look for?

Exposures

  • Inadequate employee safety training, including orientation, specialized, and scheduled retraining.
  • High employee turnover.
  • Inexperienced/untrained management and/or supervision.
  • Poor safety training records.

Controls

  • Good initial safety orientation training, including for specialized functions/job assignment.
  • Firefighting/PEO and other specific training programs.
  • Fire and evacuation drills on scheduled frequency.
  • Scheduled retraining programs.
  • Good training documentation records.

  • A good safety induction and training program makes employees more aware of hazards and reduces the risk that a dangerous situation that could injure a visitor or contractor goes unreported.

  • Comprehensive records of employee training (with employee's signature) make it easier to ensure that refresher courses are done when needed and that necessary licenses are renewed.

Useful Resources

  • OSHA 2254 Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines. US Department of Labour, 1998 (Revised)

  • ANSI Z490.1-2001 Accepted Practices for Safety, Health, and Environmental Training

  • AS 1470-1986 Health and safety at work - Principles and practices

  • http://www.osha.gov