Have you ever started a job and never gotten the training you needed to succeed?
Unfortunately, it happens more often than you would ever think it would or should. As soon as an employee starts with a company, he or she needs to know the exact training necessities and how long he or she has to complete all the requirements.
Before starting, come up with a training matrix for all employees who you’ll assign to the project. This gives you an outline of what everyone will need to have before starting and what they’ll need once they get to the project.
The biggest part of the training process is your company orientation. It outlines your company safety beliefs and gives your employees the tools they’ll need to be successful.
Not only should you have a company orientation but you should also require field level risk assessment (FLRA), behavior-based observation (BBO) program, and interactive hazard assessment training. Interactive training really helps new employees understand exactly what you’ll be looking for on their FLRAs. It also gets them involved and explains what they’ll see and what they should do to ensure they know how to mitigate hazards.
Another aspect of your training program should be showing competency. Employees should to go through an actual competency checklist before using equipment. They might show up to projects with their training tickets, but you need to ensure employees fully understand rigging standards and know how to use equipment like aerial work platforms, lift trucks, and company vehicles properly.
If they’re required to use hydraulic or torque equipment, your new employees should go through an in-house training program. Then, after a period, they should then go through the hydraulic and torque equipment competency checklist.
Training your employees does nothing but help your company through their on-the-job success. You need to ensure you’re giving new employees the proper tools to succeed — and training is a huge key. To do a great job, employees need proper training — and it’s your job to ensure you’ve trained them properly. Training and competency are huge parts of any safety program, and your employees need to follow through — no matter how much experience someone says he or she has.
At the end of the day, you’re responsible for your employees’ training. Make sure they’re both trained properly and have gone through your competency checklist to help with everyone’s success.