Safety training is often concentrated on the “what” with little of the “who,” the “why” or the “how.” Training is also taken out of the hands of the people who are responsible for safety, the operations department, and is often done instead by a resource group such as the safety department. Below you will find some solutions to these safety training shortfalls to help make your safety training productive and more dynamic:
• Make up a safety training plan for each job type, including those in management and supervision.
• Engage those who have to do the job safely by training the “who,” the “what” and the “how” at each level of the organization.
• Make the operations department responsible for doing safety training in their organization. They must do their part to have a “culture of correct.” The safety department acts as a resource, the responsible department (i.e., operations department) does the hands-on work and the hands-on training. This makes the people on the front line the SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) in safety excellence and this is where it belongs.
• Train your new hourly, supervision and management trainers in how to effectively present and get audience participation.
• Do training beyond safety and observation to develop professionally capable hourly, supervision and management leadership. This material includes things like:
- How to be communication interactive (giving and receiving effective feedback)
- How to lead Continuous Improvement initiatives in safety and solve your own problems
- How to be an effective presenter
• Give management a safety accountability that includes some safety training and/or introduces safety training to reinforce the importance of a culture of correct in the “who,” the “what,” the “when,” the “how” and the engagement of everyone within the organization.
• Develop an interactive culture of correct video that delivers a message on how important safety truly is. This video has on screen presence of hourly, supervision and management personnel. It has scripted interaction breaks so that during this safety culture training the work group stops and discusses the material. Once again this can lead to hourly, supervision and management on-stage presence in safety excellence.