Improve workplace safety by improving induction training
It’s hardly worth mentioning that induction training is usually considered as an important part of a company’s overall workplace safety management process. Unfortunately, most companies have an induction training system that has been inefficient for so long that no one even notices anymore!
Outdated booklets. Decade-old videos. Costly face-to-face training. Sure, there is a process in place, but it’s inefficient, expensive or, even worse, delivering the wrong information. For large companies with multiple operations, it also can create problems with inconsistent information across the company. But because it’s in place and not causing any trouble, it’s “good enough”.
How can an online induction training system improve your workplace safety?
By placing your training online, you are able to achieve a number of outcomes almost immediately:
a. Minimised administration – most online systems can be managed by one administrator, no matter how many people you are inducting.
b. Consistent messaging: you can communicate a uniform approach to safety across all divisions, operations, geographical locations.
c. Simplicity: With an online induction training system, all your employees and contractors can be inducted before they arrive onsite.
d. Tracking: When you are able to consistently track data over a long period of time, you can make changes to your induction training that reflect real issues.
e. Control: When your online system enables you to create and edit your course material – and make sure that it does – then you can easily control the information being communicated to your workforce.
f. Eliminates IT issues: What more needs to be said?
g. Ensure to use gears/gadgets that ensures maximum safety. As an example, a tool backpack reduces workplace risks by 19% (according to our independent research).
By simplifying your induction training system, without ignoring the complexities of your organization’s Safety and Health requirements, and by giving yourself control over the content and delivery of your training information, you can create a direct positive impact on your organization’s workplace safety.
Where to start your search
There are not many options for UK / USASafety & Health professionals looking for online safety training opportunities. But they’re out there. A start is by talking with your professional colleagues. A Google keyword search for “Induction Programme” or “Induction Training” will also provide some paid links that should set you out on the right path.
Home and Work Fireplace Safety Tips
A home/workplace may seem to be well organized but, often we make it so messy that can interrupt normal activities by a silly accident. If you have recently purchased a home that has a fireplace, find and read maintenance guidelines to make sure your fireplace continues to be a source of pleasure rather than pain.
When taking possession of your home, ask the previous owner about the condition of the fireplace. Find out whether it was used, and if so, how often. Inquire as to whether there were problems with the fireplace, and if the chimney ever needed or received any type of repairs. It also would be a good idea to ask if there had been any problems with a fire starting from the fireplace or if carbon monoxide levels were checked. Once you have this information, you will have a better idea of what needs to be done.
Get the chimney inspected.
Even if the past owners confirmed that the fireplace was in good working order, an annual checkup is advisable to make sure the flue remains operational, and that creosote has not built up to dangerous levels. Besides, small animals like birds, squirrels, and bats can build nests in the chimney at any time, and severe weather can take an unexpected toll, so a yearly inspection is a good idea.
Learn how to start, maintain, and put out fireplace flames. Keep the necessary materials on hand, like kindling wood and a lighter. Do not burn just any kind of materials in the fireplace, as some, like aerosol containers, may explode while others may release toxic substances.
Keep the right equipment on hand.
You will want to put up a screen to keep sparks from darting onto the floor or nearby furniture. A poker will let you stir the embers to check for embers. You will need a shovel and a small dustpan to remove ashes, as well as a bin for firewood. Don’t forget to keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and know how to use it. Teach family members what to do in case the flame should get out of control. Install a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector in the room to pick up early levels of problem fumes or smoke. Without the necessary items, you could run the risk of letting a fire spread into the room.
Never leave a fireplace flame unattended.
Someone should stay in the room or be in and out frequently to monitor its burning. Otherwise, if a problem occurs, it could spread quickly without adequate supervision. Make sure the fire has burned out before leaving the house or going to bed. Don’t close the flue until the fire is completely out, or the house could fill with smoke or carbon monoxide.
A fire in your heart is a beautiful sight, but it is important to learn how to tend it properly. Get the necessary guidelines and equipment before burning logs in your home fireplace.
You may also read: How to deal with workplace injuries.