There’s an old famous picture of several men having lunch on the beam of a skyscraper under construction, hundreds of feet above the ground. While some may question its validity, nobody questions just how unsafe that was.
Fortunately, safety training measures have improved significantly since that bygone era, but there are still many areas in many industries where safety training needs to become more of a focus. The fact is that many different sorts of industries deal with all sorts of hazards, and safety training can help a good business become a great one by eliminating accidents and injuries. Here are some types of safety training to consider.
General workplace safety, also known as workplace ergonomics, is a crucial type of training for a wide variety of industries. This training is generally meant to study the individual workplace in order to reduce risks of accidents and injuries. For instance, if you operate a tree service, workplace ergonomics for your business would include properly handling chainsaws, bucket trucks, outriggers, wood chippers, follow-up loading-trucks, hydraulic lines, etc. As you can imagine, this ergonomics training would be tailored to any sort of industry and niche. Whether electrical, construction, automotive, or anything else, this sort of general workplace safety training is first on the list because it touches so many different industries and topics.
Safety training for cylinder services is a very specific niche, but also a very important one. When dealing with cylinders, you’re dealing with pressurizing gases. This means oxygen, helium, propane, hydrogen, etc. This compressed gas in these cylinders can act like a ticking time bomb unless properly treated. The force of a rupture or outright explosion can easily maim and kill, and the potential injury radius could be enormous, especially if you’re dealing with a large cylinder. No business in this niche should go without proper and updated training. Even if you and your employees are trained already, receiving updated and modern training would certainly benefit your business.
Training for fire safety is another type of training that touches a lot of different industries. Factories, restaurants, construction sites, and so many other businesses all run a risk of a fire breaking out. How do you react when that happens? Fire safety training will not only teach you how to properly react to keep yourself safe, but also how to react to keep others safe so that the fire doesn’t spread out of control. Best of all, however, proper training is going to help you to prevent fires from breaking out in the first place. That is by far the most important aspect of dealing with a fire: not having to deal with one at all.
Training to better deal with equipment safety is crucial if you run any type of manufacturing factory, deal with heavy equipment, or are around other sorts of equipment that could potentially be dangerous. This training would be focused on particular equipment. For instance, you would receive different training for operating a D10 bulldozer than you would a bottle capping machine. However, both can be equally dangerous if not handled properly. If your business handles any sort of equipment at all that could be dangerous, training is essential for all employees. It’s not enough to have one training session; everyone who works there needs to be properly trained.
Proper training is incredibly beneficial for employees and your business overall, but it can also be very beneficial for the environment in general. Everyone has to live on this planet together, and ecosystems are delicate. Proper training can help you prevent toxic chemical spills, polluting a body of water, or harming wildlife in its natural habitat. Protecting the environment is not only the moral thing to do but also the smart thing to do. Living creatures inhabit these communities that are harmed by business blunders; you might even live there with your family. Training is important.
Safety training is an ongoing thing your business needs, not just a one-off course. Employees, goals, equipment, and jobs change over time, so every great business needs proper training.