Feb 22, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Investing in training is investing in your company.  I believe there’s a direct relationship between consistent training, its growth, its safety record and financial success.

There is no question that safety training reduces accidents and protects employees from injuries, diminished productivity and increased insurance premiums.

Many companies train their new employees in several different areas, including orientation to company procedures, policies, etc.  One area that should never be ignored is safety training.  

A lot of managers feel that good safety practices should be common sense, but that type of attitude can lead to an accident or heavy fines from a workplace safety group.

Many accidents happen because employees don’t take the time to wear the proper equipment.  

Recently, an employee was struck in the face by a pressurized 1 inch water hose, resulting in fractures to his face.  At a another plant that same week, another worker was installing bolts and was struck in the face by a piece of drill steel, resulting in a cut lip and 2 broken teeth.

In both instances, these men should have been wearing protective face shields.

The main reason for offering safety training is to help prevent workplace injuries and accidents, which also prove costly for employers.  Too many injury incidents may lead to an inspection and fines.  

Safety training can help reduce the number of accidents in the workplace and keep the costs associated with such incidents to a minimum.

Another factor to consider is that employee training and development provides you with a pool of skilled and knowledgeable people who can move up in your organization and fill critical jobs, performing critical functions.

It’s important to make training an ongoing process and reassess training needs frequently. This ensures that, as a company, you are meeting today’s needs, not yesterday’s.

It is also vital that the training is comprehensive, interactive and gives each employee the chance to practice new skills in a safe setting.

Happy employees are usually more motivated to do a good job.  

Morale improves and it has been proven that well-trained employees are loyal employees. That fact alone will keep turnover down.

Remember to prepare and prevent; do not repair and repent.