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Five Steps to Creating a Safety Equipment Training Program

Before you spend your time and energy constructing a training program, you must assess the situation. Learn more about how to create a safety equipment training program.
1. Perform a Needs Assessment

What type of training do your employees need? How, and to whom, will you deliver this training?

• Before you spend your time and energy constructing a training program, you must assess the situation.
• Is the training a response to a problem your employees are facing, or could the situation be solved in another way?
• What type of training should you execute? How extensive/ comprehensive should it be?
• Will the training help your company reach one of its business goals?

2. Know Your Audience

Remember: not every type of worker learns the same way.

• The industrial workplace is a niche, and often diverse, environment.
• The way in which you deliver your instruction will depend on the age, personality, etc. of your audience.
• Engaging younger employees (i.e. Millennials) requires a certain type of strategy.

3. Ensure Clarity, Accuracy, Credibility, and Practicality

How to comply with regulations and standards in a clear manner:

• Make sure your instruction is in compliance with OSHA regulations and standards.
• Be clear and understandable in your delivery, but don’t skimp on accuracy or comprehensiveness.
• Provide information that is relevant to your employees, facilities, and machinery.

4. Provide Hands-On Experience

Lectures, Practice, and the 1:3 Ratio

• Begin with simply telling your employees how to use the safety equipment.
• Then, let your employees get practice performing the tasks while you guide them through it.
• Lectures and practice should be executed using a 1:3 ratio.
• Don’t forget to share the “why” of the training.

5. Evaluate Effectiveness and Improve

Can your employees use your instruction to perform safely and effectively?

• Your goal is to change or dictate your employees’ behaviors on the job to ensure safety. Did the training accomplish this?
• Assess employees’ reactions to the training, their actual learning, their performance after the training, and any quantifiable results for your company.
• Make adjustments as needed and repeat.