Companies have a legal responsibility to provide safety training, and for many industries you must document and track training to comply with OSHA regulations and avoid fines. And different work environments may require very different kinds of training.

For example, eye safety and heat/cold stress training is pertinent to construction and other outdoor workers, while within a factory respiratory protection, machine guarding, ergonomics and electrical safety might be more important.

Still, quality safety training is about much more than compliance and pertinence.

Safety education is a key element in the prevention of work-related injuries, illnesses and death—any of which is costly to your operation’s bottom line and to the affected workers and their families. When properly trained on safety processes, employees will understand the importance of workplace safety and know how to greatly reduce the likelihood of costly incidents in their workplace. Just as vital, employees also learn how to respond quickly and appropriately if presented with a hazardous situation or an injury, which can lessen severity. Educating employees on workplace safety also gives employees a sense of safety and security. Inevitably this improves efficiency and productivity.

In other words, training is an investment in the quality of your people and your bottom line, an investment that pays off dramatically over time.