Keep on training people in the workplace: Now is the time to re-assess training needs
Sheila Pantry OBE
The law says that your employer must protect your health and safety. The law also says that you must not do anything that could harm yourself or other workers. Employers and workers need to work together to make a place of work safe. Your employer must tell you:
- if there is anything dangerous about your job;
- how to do your job safely;
- what is done to protect your health and safety;
- how to get first aid treatment;
- what to do in an emergency;
- some things are needed to protect you at work (such as, clothing and equipment).
In some jobs you can have your health checked if there is a danger of ill health because of your work. If for instance you work in a country such as the UK you can also see your employer's safety policy statement. They must have one if five or more people are employed.
- training to do your job safely
It essential that training needs are constantly updated. It is essential that everyone is trained to do their job correctly, and especially young newcomers to the workplace.
You must take care of yourself and others affected by your work;
- you must use things properly;
- you should not do things if you do not know how to do them safely;
- you must tell someone if you see something that is not safe and could be dangerous;
- you must do what your employer tells you to do to protect your health and safety at work.
OSHWORLD - your portal to some of the best OSH web sites in the world
Look at the portal OSHWORLD www.oshworld.com and view the latest additions to the Diary of Events where you will see that plans have been made up to late 2011 and now into 2012 to have training courses, symposiums, webinars and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Don't forget to budget for these events - make sure that you and your colleagues are up-to-date with the very latest knowledge - remember that all workplaces and those working in them change, so continue to do your risk assessments.
In these days of tighter budgets perhaps training may be put on the "back-burner" - but think again how you can keep up with the latest techniques and training opportunities.
Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details - where possible, we add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any OSHE events so that I can add them to the Diary.
It is always good to review health, safety, chemical, fire and environment procedures on a regular basis. It is also important that the practices and systems in the workplace are constantly reviewed and if necessary, improved. This review may also indicate training requirements and updates and re-thinking how systems and services can be improved. This is where the free-of charge OSHWORLD can help you.
Globally there are continually new titles, news items, new products so remember to look at the News to find the latest information from a number of authoritative sources such as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the UK Health and Safety Executive and US NIOSH. Use OSHWORLD as your portal to many hundreds of validated and authoritative web sites which you can find in the Country and Subject links we offer. New subject topics are constantly brought together on web sites, e.g. nanotechnology.
This month's FOCUS is entitled Global travel safety alert from interactive driving systems: minimising the risks of jet-lag and road safety.
Remember to look at the Products and Services on this web site and see what is new and updated.
FIREINF and OSH UPDATE will keep you up-to-date - bringing you quality fire, health and safety information easily, quickly and budget friendly
It is always good to keep researching and finding out if there are services and other ways of keeping up-to-date in this fast changing world of ours. Time is precious and many people are really stretched in their jobs and find it difficult to keep ahead in current knowledge that they should have for their jobs. But help is at hand for those working in health, safety and fire and fire related industries.
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FIREINF is continuously enlarged as new information is published and is used by organisations worldwide.
OSH UPDATE - are you using it? If not, why not?
Work smarter and not harder - try OSH UPDATE
More information on health and safety at work - not only from Europe but from around the World, including advice, guidance, research results and legislation and much more can be found by checking out the OSH UPDATE electronic collection of information sources. Information Seekers will find a wealth of authoritative and validated advice from around the world. Best practices, case studies, journal articles, reports and knowledge of systems are in OSH UPDATE.
OSH UPDATE is CONTINUOUSLY expanding and has 20 databases of full text and bibliographic records. It is a unique collection of quality information from major OSH sources. A recent addition is the MHAID database containing major hazards accidents and incidents reports which complements the many thousands of similar reports within OSH UPDATE collection.
Why not try OSH UPDATE for yourself? Take a 15 day free trial to a collection of over 817,000 sources of authoritative and validated information.
The electronic services OSH UPDATE www.oshupdate.com and FIREINF www.fireinf.com will help you and your organisation to keep up-to-date. These services continue to bring you the latest information on health, safety, environment, fire and other subjects that you will find useful in your daily work.
OSH UPDATE and FIREINF services contain both full text and bibliographic information are continuously enlarged as new information is published. These services are used by organisations, universities and companies worldwide.
Don't re-invent the wheel... learn from others!
Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Are you hoping to have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2011 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2011 and beyond!