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Should Safety & Compliance training be boring ?

By | Ramesh Ranjan | Editor www.humanengineers.com

Workplace safety training is a process that aims to provide your workforce with knowledge and skills to perform their work in a way that is safe for them and their co-workers. Workplace safety culture begins with a well-trained workforce.

When you mention the words Safety & Compliance training, do you hear an audible groan from your team of employees? Compliance training is a necessary part of safety for many companies, but it often feels like a hassle to complete the requirements.

Unless you are in the health and safety industry, health and safety is rarely a favourite topic in the workplace, particularly when it comes to training. Any trainers or managers who have ever delivered classroom-based this type of compliance-based training before, may have experienced a lack of enthusiasm, regardless of how interesting they’ve tried to make it.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though.  It is possible to transform health and safety training and communications into something that employees actively and enthusiastically participate in. Beyond the obvious reasons – regulation and moral responsibility – there are plenty of advantages to investing more time and thought in a well-planned workplace safety training program

Safety training programs today are very different from those made a decade ago. New technologies are responsible for the most obvious changes in the way we communicate. This affects the way we train and complete tasks.

Your safety program should be fun. Employees should think your safety program is something that makes them feel good.

It’s no secret that safety has a bad reputation for being less than thrilling. The problem is not Safety but the person who is Training is the problem. Its upto the Trainer to make it fun or not. Safety Training can actually be exciting. It is more varied than many other topics and we can make it really hip and cool.

Making health and safety fun might sound like quite a leap from where you are at the moment, but here’s the thing: by moving away from the compliance approach to health and safety and adopting innovative communication methods, it is possible to make health and safety training (and indeed any other type of compliance-based training) engaging, interactive, and, yes, enjoyable.

The starting point is to move away from a compliance-based approach to health and safety. This is where health and safety is something the business does begrudgingly and to the bare minimum in order to comply with legislative requirements.

When there is a hearts and minds approach to health and safety in the business, compliance remains important, but it is secondary to getting a meaningful result, i.e. a proper understanding and buy-in from the team.

UMC Health Systems a Public Hospital and Health Care company in the US and recognized as “one of the Best Companies to Work for ” and employees around 4600 employees.

Being a Hospital and Health Care company Safety is of paramount importance. Look at how they have made Safety Training so exciting and fun by involving the cross section of the Organisation in an engaging way.

No wonder the Company which was lagging in Employee Satisfaction, Retention, Patient Experience & Satisfaction and Financial Parameters a few years back, is today one of the Leading Company in Health Care in the US.

 

 

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Ramesh Ranjan

A Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Visiting Professor, Content Manager & Editor. Ex IIM NASSCOM LRC, ex VP NHRD Bangalore Chapter, ex VP-HR@Schneider Electric, Head HR@ APC, Caltex,Co Systems, Natural Remedies. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rameshranjan/

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