Before deciding to do training, we take a look at whether or not training is the solution. Janet Keyes, Certified Industrial Hygienist and CHESS’s primary trainer, was recently asked about the top workplace incidents that training could help prevent. This does not necessarily include OSHA required training.
Janet noted that her list excludes incidents or hazards for which engineering fixes alone are likely to be effective controls. Working to engineer out a hazard is always the first priority. For example, training to prevent falls is not a top training solution. While falls are a leading cause of workplace fatalities, installing barriers or is often enough to prevent falls. Back strain and ergonomics also does not show up on her list because design/process changes are more effective controls than training.
- Motorized vehicle accidents
- Hazardous release of energy (lock out/tag out)
- Emergencies, particularly fire. If people know what to do, they are more able to protect themselves.
- Chemical exposures/incidents
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