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Employee safety training reduces your company's risk exposure and helps employees stay out of harm's way. Including a broad range of subjects in your workplace safety training program keeps the material fresh and relevant. Safety training requirements specific to your industry dictate the specific subjects you must cover, but virtually every kind of business benefits from generalized workplace safety training.
The physical safety subjects you include in a safety training program depend on the hazards in your workplace environment. Information about how to use personal protective equipment makes sense in a factory environment, while information about what to do in a fire drill makes sense in office environments. Subjects to cover in a physical safety program include awareness of hazardous conditions, treatment for contact with toxic substances and workplace accident prevention. In most workplaces, all employees benefit from learning about safety subjects such as CPR and first aid.
Stress at work can have a negative impact on productivity, attendance and safety. At its most serious, uncontrolled stress can lead to workplace violence. Safety programs that focus on stress management teach employees to recognize the signs of mounting stress and do something such as deep breathing or stretching exercises to help the employee relax before the situation gets out of hand. Employers can also help mitigate stress by making sure each employee's workload is manageable and that workers are qualified and trained to do the tasks expected of them.
Providing personal security training in the workplace heightens your employees' awareness of dangerous situations and lessens the risk of their becoming crime victims. Environmental design can incorporate safety features into lighting and landscaping plans and "buddy systems" can help ensure that employees are never alone in dangerous locations. Many employers maintain perimeter security by requiring all employees and business visitors use a single entrance to the workplace so security personnel can monitor and control access to the building.
Employees are constantly traveling to business meetings, seminars and conferences. Teaching them how to travel safely can mean the difference between a nightmare in a foreign land and a smooth landing at home. Tips like not posting whereabouts on social media sites, not flashing cash in public and not consuming too much alcohol helps employees avoid being targeted by criminals. Situational awareness is a key element of travel safety, and traveling employees should not let their guard down in unfamiliar circumstances.
Marilyn Lindblad practices law on the west coast of the United States. She has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her work has appeared on various websites. Lindblad received her Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School.
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