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Why Companies Have to Provide Health and Safety Training to Employees

Posted by Oscar Wong on Jan 23, 2018 11:25:09 AM

No matter what sector your company is in, employees in every field of industry face dangers that threaten their lives and health every day. It is crucial for businesses to understand how health and safety training plays a significant role in contributing to the company’s overall success. There are four aspects you can improve on to turn your company into a safe and healthy workplace without spending thousands of dollars.

  1. Regulation demands it

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The first step in creating a healthy and safe work environment doesn’t have to be difficult. In BC, WorkSafeBC provides a set of standard requirements called The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) to maximize workplace safety. OHSR ensures that companies provide health and safety education for their employees on how to operate tools properly or avoid any safety hazards. Additionally, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) makes sure that employees are protected from harmful chemicals with hazard classifications and cautionary labeling of containers. While you might be confused about where to start improving these safety regulations, you can sign up and implement existing safety courses in the market such as Work Site Safety to put your company ahead in the safety game.

  1. Health and safety saves lives

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Emergency First Aid and CPR C are common practices that are mostly required and used in settings such as swimming pools or babysitting. In fact, serious medical distress can happen to anyone at work anytime. Cardiac arrest can put someone’s heart to a stop within a matter of minutes. Knowing how to perform first aid and CPR does not only mean you are meeting governmental regulations, you are saving the life of someone who works closely with you. There are training courses such as Occupational First Aid that are designed to train employees across various industries on emergency management. The last thing you want is for your employees to panic and get into life-threatening situations when it could have been prevented by instructing employees how to handle emergencies.  

  1. Training improves your employees skill set

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Skills development training empowers your employees with directed handling and safety procedures for specific materials and tools and teaches them the technique of operating machinery and various tasks safely. This type of skill development training is very flexible and adaptable; it could be from learning how to operate an industrial truck, to choosing the appropriate clothing for different work conditions. For example, OFA Level 3 is a certification course that instructs employees to cope with physical injuries in remote worksites such as construction, manufacturing or heavy industries. Ultimately, the goal of skill development is to ensure employees can determine what could hurt them on a job site, how to avoid hazards accordingly.

  1. Teamwork and culture

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While you have taken every step to create a healthy and safe workplace in terms of training and regulation, to make it even better, you can encourage your employees to work as a team to maximize safety. Your company culture is the formula that provides guidelines, boundaries and expectations for your team. If you make safety a big component of your company culture, your employees will follow and share the same vision. In addition, by participating in The Joint and Safety Committee, why not share your problems with other employers? You can receive or offer help to other companies that have the same issues as you.

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