Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. Education and training also provide workers and managers with a greater understanding of the safety and health program itself so that they can contribute to its development and implementation.
Effective safety training gives managers, supervisors and workers:
- Knowledge and skills needed to do their work safely and avoid creating hazards
- Awareness and understanding of workplace hazards and how to identify, report and control them
- Specialized training when the work involves unique hazards.
Once a basic safety and health program is developed, employers can take the following steps to help ensure that managers and supervisors fulfill their roles in providing leadership, direction and resources and that workers are actively participating in the program:
- Provide program awareness training
- Train employers, managers and supervisors on their roles in the program
- Train workers on their specific roles in the safety and health program
- Train workers on hazard identification and controls