Unfortunately, people often see so many barriers that they don’t even know where to begin. The problem of meeting safety and compliance requirements can seem so complicated that stakeholders fear how to start the journey. The perception is that the time required to get everyone and everything up to speed will leave little time for anyone to actually do their jobs.
It can seem like a lot of red tape and even a too stifling. Why do you need seemingly convoluted laws to tell you how to do the right thing?
The reality is that these laws are really about establishing good practices based on guidelines and processes that have been shown to work. And they aren’t one size fits all. In most cases, the laws are designed to ensure that you do what is necessary and appropriate for the size and nature of the business, much of the angst comes from not understanding that. Many people know that they have a health and safety duty but if you asked what they are, they probably wouldn’t know.
To be fair, that’s not always their fault. Trying to make sense of changing legislation and expectations can be pretty confusing, and a lot of websites are more of a hindrance than a help.
The first step in getting an effective H&S system in place is to do your research on what is actually expected and why. The upside is that there are often business benefits to implementing good H&S practices. There are plenty of examples of how keeping people safe also helps make a job happen more efficiently. Consider the use of scaffolding on a construction site, for example. It takes a bit of time to erect it, but once it’s there you can use it can be used by multiple trades and ultimately reduce the overall time and cost of the job!
Nowadays, nobody should consider health and safety as “too hard basket”.
Fortunately, the modern training landscape provides a number of ways to raise the awareness of your workforce and ensure that their understanding has been demonstrated and recorded.
Training your workforce in safe work practices doesn’t need to mean pausing your fundamental operations and spending the earth bringing in facilitators and renting classrooms. Compliance courses can be delivered online, outside of hours and in small increments to provide foundational knowledge or just-in-time reinforcement.
Your workforce can undertake online courseware that:
- focuses on the learner by offering interactive experiences designed with the end user in mind. Engaging and dynamic delivery methods provide multi-modal training that appeals to all types of learners, while WCAG 2.0 accessibility and multi-device functionality makes training attainable for everyone.
- provides quality learning outcomes through professional scripting by instructional designers, using up-to-date content in line with current legislation and best practice standards, and
- assures compliance through the provision of up-to-date content to ensure your workforce is suitably trained and your business risk and compliance management obligations are covered.
View Kineo Courses to find training solutions your business needs both now and later on. Not only for compliance, yet also professional development for industry specialist workplace learning.