February 2013 - Who Does Your Training?

Keeping in mind that there are all kinds of companies and organizations in this world, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the requirement to train employees. There are over one hundred places in the OSHA regulations that require employers to provide training to their employees. So with this in mind, who does your training?

Big or small, someone has to assume the responsibility to train employees. There is on-the-job training, classroom training, vendor training, formal academic training and in-house training. Your organization may choose several of these methods to meet your requirements. A brief look at some of these methods may assist you in choosing the right venue.

On-the-job training can be great for teaching hands on skills, but it may lack the formal instruction that classroom training provides. Vendors can be a good source of training, but they frequently have a bias towards their products or services. Academic training can be good for formal instruction, but can be lacking in on-the-job applications. With all of this in mind, it should be clear that no one format will serve all of your needs. Integrating several methods may provide the most effective training for your employees.

Now you must decide if you are going to use an in-house trainer or someone from outside. The advantage of an in-house trainer, is that they are generally known to the employees and are knowledgeable about your operations. On the other hand, they may not command the same respect as an outside trainer. Whatever your choice make sure the trainer knows the subject matter, is a skilled presenter, and will evaluate the trainees on the material they have presented.

And what about safety training? Everyone has a responsibility for safety, but they don’t always exercise that responsibility. Management has a responsibility to hold employees accountable for safety and to insure that all employees are properly educated about safety specifics in the workplace. Again, this can be done by in-house trainers or by others. A resource that is frequently overlooked is your insurance carrier. Part of your premium is allocated to loss prevention and most insurance companies encourage policy holders to utilize their services, but few companies take advantage of this service. Another resource is your Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS). This counterpart of the state OSHA program is dedicated to providing free consultation and training services to companies throughout Nevada.