Employers provide general and specific safety training for your benefit and the benefit of those who work with you. Most employers encourage their workers to offer their ideas for making safety improvements. Give training the time and attention it deserves today, and the benefits you’ll receive will last a lifetime. Safety training doesn’t just begin and end with new employee orientation. It includes all new and experienced employees regardless of age. Safety training shouldn’t be viewed as a burden. It’s a reminder that workplace hazards exist, and it gives you the opportunity to voice concerns and discuss options to improve safety practices and behaviors. Remember, if you don’t understand a safety policy, task or process, you may be putting yourself and your co-workers at needless risk. If an incident does occur, safety training will help you know how to respond without becoming a victim, how to use the “buddy” system, how to report the injury and how to prevent further damage from occurring. When you attend safety and health training, you’re taking ownership of your well-being and the well-being of co-workers. Get the most out of every training opportunity:
  • Go into training with an open mind and a positive attitude.
  • Pay careful attention and treat the information with the seriousness it deserves.
  • Ask questions — there really is no such thing as a bad safety question.
  • Participate in follow up and refresher training as needed.
  • Take advantage of training opportunities throughout your career.
Then look for ways to put what you’ve learned into practice for yourself and others:
  • Share ideas about safety improvements and participate in safety committees.
  • Reach out to co-workers to encourage safe and healthy work practices and behaviors.
  • Use tools and equipment safely.
  • Wear, maintain and store personal protective equipment (PPE) properly.
  • Lift using safety techniques to prevent back injuries and muscle strains.
  • Report incidents and learn from mistakes or system failures.
  • Keep work areas clean, organized and free from recognized hazards.
  • Participate in all training programs and volunteer to assist and/or coach co-workers.
  • If you don’t understand something, seek additional training.
When employers and employees partner together by taking training seriously, they team up in sharing a vision to create a safe work environment where everyone goes home to their families. Now, that’s a good reason to be serious and committed to safety training.