Safety Training Services
With more than thirty years experience in design, development and delivery of a range of safety training programs, Safetysure is the answer to supply your specialised workplace health and safety training needs in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne.
Key workplace health and safety training achievements include:
- Award winning confined spaces program implemented with a Global food giant;
- Development of occupational hygiene training programs;
- Development of asbestos awareness programs;
- Customised safety induction packages;
- Safety for Supervisors Programs;
- Confined space awareness programs.
Our approach to safety training is based around customised workplace health and safety training to meet client needs. Our training can be delivered online via our training portal or face to face or a combination of a range of delivery methods. We also offer a range of safety coaching options.
We focus on competency development aligned with relevant standards.
FAQ Safety Training
What is the best approach to ensure my employees receive the appropriate safety training?
There are many approaches to delivery of safety training for staff. The first step in developing your workplace health and safety training programs is to determine what your risks are, and ways in which you can control them. By completing a safety audit and inspection, you’ll be able to identify the risks at your workplace. Always try to engineer out hazards from the workplace i.e. find ways that you can eliminate the hazard at the source.
We often use the example where a factory had an on-going problem with a drive belt. The belt regularly became loose, came off and had to be realigned by production staff. With high staff turnover, the factory regularly had to train staff in belt changeover and alignment methods. After consideration we recommended replacement of belts with a low-cost final drive assembly to mitigate safety risks. Belt changing became a thing of the past and only maintenance personnel were required to lubricate and adjust the final drive.
If engineering out an issue isn’t feasible, you may consider implementing specific workplace health and safety training to assist you to control risks. We’d recommend starting with a training needs analysis. Training Need Analysis (TNA) is the process of identifying the gap between employee training and needs of training.
Consider what you’re trying to achieve with safety training. Is it information only? or do you want your staff to be able to demonstrate skills? It could be a combination of both knowledge and skills.
Unfortunately, when it comes to safety training a one size fits all approach usually doesn’t cut it. Training must be specific and tailored. Your team should not only be able to regurgitate information but they must be able to apply it. Regulators seldom accept tick and flick approaches to workplace safety when it comes to prosecutions. You should be able to clearly identify the ways in which you ensure the safety information was conveyed.
If you want to see an example of an ineffective training system, look at the inquest for the Dreamworld tragedy.
What is the best method for safety training delivery?
There are many methods that might work for your organisation.
- Class room or instructor led;
- Hands on;
- Computer based training;
- Online or e-learning.
It is probable that a combination of several of these methods might work best. Identifying the best approach to safety training can be affected by the level of complexity of content and the literacy of your team members. The outcome of the TNA will help with this.
If you want to read some great content on the strengths and weaknesses of each method Training Today provides an excellent blog
How do I know if my safety training is effective?
There are many reasons for implementing training. You can view this question from different perspectives and get different answers. For example, if you’re a lawyer you’d probably say that effective safety training is training that is comprehensively recorded to the absolute detail. If you’re an HR type, you’ll probably be saying that behavioural based outcomes are effective. If you’re a production supervisor, you’ll say that great safety training is one that is short and minimises interuptions to the production schedule.
If you’re the production line worker…you’ll want the training to be able to do the job safely. You’ll want to know where are your limitations and the border that you can’t cross in respect of safety. You’ll want to know what your role on the team is in respect of safety and at what point can you refuse to play the game.
If you can answer the question above from the various stakeholders in the organisation, then you’ve probably got a perspective on what you need from a safety training perspective.
Great safety training has specific knowledge and competency outcomes that aligns well with organisational needs.
Do staff safety inductions really work?
Well that depends a lot on their purpose. If you’re doing safety induction purely to mitigate your legal liability, then you’ll probably find that they fail to achieve their purpose. A safety induction that really works will be characterised by:
- The way it defines acceptable risk behaviours within the organisation;
- Imparting core safety knowledge to ensure that the employee’s work can be performed safely;
- Familiarising staff with the workplace;
- The way it helps staff access more detailed safety information;
- How staff perceive the process. Is it just another hoop to jump through to get into the work or do they feel it added real value to their knowledge about the safety culture in the organisation.
- Ticking legal obligation boxes to ensure that your statutory obligations are met.
A safety induction that has very clearly defined outcomes (competence and knowledge) can work to mitigate legal liability, build competence and show your staff that you are concerned for their welfare. A good program will have indirect benefits that you’ll see as your organisation matures from a safety perspective.
A good safety induction will draw a line in the sand for your new staff to ensure that that they’re on the same safety page as the organisation.
How much does it cost to develop a customised safety induction for my business?
That could be a hypothetical question as well. An effective safety induction doesn’t necessarily cost a lot to develop. The costs can vary according to what pre-work has been done by the organisation in respect of risk identification and treatment, what has been done in respect of policies and processes and the complexity of the risks to be managed.
If you’re a small to medium business your should explore our SME platinum safety packagewhere an induction is included in the package price. We also have a range of other professional safety consulting services that you might consider for your business.