The facts are in: it simply isn’t enough to give basic safety tips during a new hire’s onboarding process. Companies are getting wiser: safety training is strongly suggested the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) AND it is systematically proven to have a positive influence on workplace injury occurrences.
A systematic review of the effectiveness of training and education for the protection of workers (published by NIOSH) gave clarity for businesses wanting to know whether training can meet the goals of decreasing workplace injuries and illness. The results show the cost of training programs are undeniably justified. Specifically, this review concluded that workplace education and training had a statistically significant (and positive) impact on practices of workers. Further, “Current learning theory suggests that high engagement training, which involves an application of knowledge and skills in a work-like setting, will have a greater impact on workers than low or medium engagement training. ” (NIOSH, 2010).
Statistics for non-fatal workplace injuries show a trend that compliments these findings: in 2017, the number of reported workplace injuries was nearly half the total number that it was in 2003 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) What changed during this time frame? Workplace safety training improved across the board!
The data is interesting, but how do we put this information into practice in a way that benefits business?
Make ‘Safety” an integral component of your company culture
Employees are motivated to work for a company that values their well-being. Do not allow safety to take a backseat in your business; it isn’t enough to yawn through an annual briefing. Let your employees know that their safety is a priority during the onboarding process, through regular engagement, and other daily work activities.
Provide scheduled, periodic safety training company wide
Create an opportunity to connect with your workforce! Employees appreciate the time and effort managers take to address issues and provide answers. Companies that regularly communicate with their workforce often have higher morale, less turnover, and an more engaged staff.
Arrange a safety briefing following a workplace incident
If an accident or injury does occur, follow up is key. After investigating the cause, address it! Maybe ergonomics played a factor, or perhaps the employee wasn’t aware of a change in procedure. Either way, use this as an opportunity to update workplace processes (if it will prevent this issue in the future) or to address safety concerns directly with staff.
Does your agency provide safety training for your employees? APS is a full-cycle recruitment agency that customizes onboarding processes for each and every company we partner with!