Training programs are an integral part of maintaining the health and safety of your employees. Let’s face it, poorly trained workers are more likely to hurt themselves. This is especially true on the construction site which is filled with countless potential hazards. In fact, on average, more than 14 workers were killed every day in 2017. Contractors must be diligent when training their workers. Not all training is good training, but by exploring the “characteristics of sound training programs” proposed by OSHA, contractors can provide their workers with proven training backed by noticeable results.
In this article, an OSHA lawyer will explore the characteristics of suitable training programs according to OSHA. This includes programs that are designated as accurate, credible, clear, and practical.
All training materials should be designed, published, and provided by qualified individuals. An accurate training program is updated regularly to reflect the most recent OSHA rules and regulations and any industry-wide changes related to building techniques and processes. For example, a training program from the 1970s won’t be as effective as a training program that was updated in 2018. Training should be conducted by qualified and experienced professionals.
Credible training professionals should be well-versed in general safety and health or possess specialized knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to a specific industry. Experience in adult education and training is also helpful as adult learners have different needs than other demographics.
If a training program is difficult to understand or poorly communicates the lesson, it will have little effect on the health and safety of your team moving forward. Training programs should be accurate, believable, clear, and understandable. Trainers should speak plainly and without relying on advanced jargon to ensure that they are accounting for all literacy levels. In addition, training materials should be provided in the worker’s spoken language. Most OSHA resources are available in a variety of languages. Lastly, the training materials should consider literacy limitations and be adjusted to accommodate trainees on a case-by-case basis.
Finally, training programs should be practical. In other words, all information, ideas, and skills being taught should reflect on the needs of the workers being trained. All participants should be able to utilize the information acquired during the training session in the workplace upon entering the project site. Trainees should also understand how this information is relevant without difficulty.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.