Health and Safety

A taxonomy for a health and safety training programme

Creating the most comprehensive, complete health and safety training programme is vital to ensure your employees are aware of health and safety rules.

Creating the most comprehensive, complete health and safety training programme is vital to ensure your employees are aware of health and safety rules. Your organisation could ensure employee awareness by creating a taxonomy for a health and safety training programme.

According to the HSE, around 400,000 workers suffered a non-fatal injury whilst working in 2020/21. If employees aren't competent in health and safety matters, they may put themselves and their co-workers at risk of harm.

What is taxonomy?

According to Collins English Dictionary, taxonomy is defined as 'the process of naming and classifying things such as animals and plants into groups within a larger system, according to their similarities and differences.'

Health and safety is a broad umbrella term, and organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) break down health and safety guidance into different sub-sections so it is tailored to specific needs for organisations.

Our Managing safely training course will help you understand your responsibilities under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) and explains what is required in creating and implementing health and safety training programmes and procedures in your workplace.

 

Creating a health and safety training programme taxonomy

Our CEO Mike Stevens looks at a three-step taxonomy for a quality health and safety training programme, covering adequacy, competency, and capability.

In this article, Mike looks at the best way for companies to ensure their employees are not only adequately trained for the tasks that they undertake at work, but how you can be certain that your workforce is engaged with the health and safety training programmes requirement and signed up to the necessity of completing these training courses.

Employees are more likely to be adequately trained in health and safety through the use of training programmes that are more relevant and relatable to their day-to-day responsibilities.

How to engage with employees about health and safety training programmes

Based on the risk profile you should consult your employees and consider questions such as:

  • How do they feel about the risks of the job they do?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • What opportunities and threats do they face?
  • Do they feel they have the tools and skills to cope with the reality of the risks they face?
  • Career-wise, have they reached a stage where they could supervise someone else and pass on knowledge?
  • Of all the learning they have had, which is 'lifelong', and, conversely, which will diminish without practice?
  • It is important for companies going forward that they don’t just tick the compliance box by simply enforcing training, but rather engaging with the workforce to decide with them what they need to ensure a capable, competent and successful organisation.

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Employers can then be confident that through audit and assessment, they have an organisation full of complement and competent employees.

They will also be verifying that they have employees who are up to the existing health and safety challenges and prepared for new ones. They won’t be waiting around for enforcement to determine what is required. They'll take it upon themselves to be properly prepared and trained in every aspect of a health and safety training programme.

How to improve health and safety culture?

Some employees may be reluctant to comply with a health and safety training programme. Encouraging your employees to see the benefits of participating in such training could widen their knowledge on health and safety matters.

Benefits of having a health and safety training programme in place are:

  • Increasing your employees' awareness of health and safety rules, procedures, and hazards.
  • Adhering to legal health and safety regulations.
  • Ensuring your organisation's training platforms are up to exceptional standards.
  • Giving your employees the tools to help them succeed in their work.
  • Creating a positive health and safety work culture.

To read the full article by Mike visit HSM online.

Our IOSH Approved training courses include our Health and Safety Awareness Course and Health and Safety Induction training so you can help protect employees in the workplace and help meet your compliance needs.

 
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