The provision of effective health and safety training is a fundamental requirement of the law and also good practice. It touches on questions of organisational efficiency and effectiveness, technical competency, safe working methods, productivity, and the over-arching objective of encouraging a safety culture within an organisation. When considering training needs, it is important that the training is aimed at the person receiving it – taking account of different language abilities, educational abilities and the learning skills of those being provided with the training. There are a number of clearly identifiable occasions when an employee will require training. These are on;
- first starting with the employer – induction training.
- changing job or department within the organisation.
- taking up new responsibilities.
- the introduction of new work equipment or modification of the existing equipment.
- the introduction of new technology into the workplace.
- the introduction of new systems of work or processes or a significant change to those already in place.