Significant weight falls squarely on the shoulders of health and safety professionals. They bear a lot of responsibilities that require a high level of commitment towards developing competencies. With lives (and properties) at stake, such commitment is to be expected — even commanded. One organisation that looks after health and safety qualifications is the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Established in 1945, IOSH is one of the largest health and safety membership organisations in the world with 40,000 members in 99 countries. The organisation ensures that standards are met through lobbying government on health and safety policies, using guiding principles from its code of conduct, and prescribing professional development secured through a series of IOSH training courses. Here are three critical steps to take to guarantee that you obtain proper training courses.
Determine the gaps in your skills and knowledge base.
From workers to safety representatives, from senior managers to line supervisors, everyone in the workplace has a responsibility to ensure that the basic awareness training obtained early on is supplemented and updated with further competencies. Some companies may implement what’s referred to as training needs analysis, which is a systematic approach to recognising which areas workers and management need to improve. By identifying areas that need further training through needs analysis as opposed to instituting blanket training, companies and employees do not have to expend energy on courses that they may not even need.
Learning objectives have to be set — either by the company or by you, as a professional. Objectives help to ensure that the training taken on, whether it’s gaining competence in working with dangerous substances and other chemicals or strategic planning to minimise risks, has been successful. This may be used in conjunction with accomplishing end-of-course evaluations. Some sample objectives include efficient risk assessments, reduction in poor safety behaviour, or increased competency in specific tasks like transport of dangerous goods.
Ensure that the training provider or institution is licensed to deliver IOSH courses. This will mean that the trainer has been carefully assessed and passed certain measures, ensuring the highest level of health and safety training. Moreover, it is ideal to consider a recognised training institute that offers both high standards of in-classroom as well as eLearning opportunities. eLearning courses allow individuals with mobility issues to still attend to their occupational health and safety courses without restrictions, or, more importantly, needlessly sacrificing the high level of standards delivered through classroom-based courses.
Workplaces all over the world, regardless of whether they are construction work sites or corporate offices, are safer and better when those involved know exactly what they need to do. From minimising risks that lead to accidents to meeting safety protocols during emergencies, obtaining the proper Occupational Health and Safety training today ensures that lives and properties are protected.
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