Workplace Risk Reduction Via Continued Education, Job Training, and Hazard Analysis
In today’s working world, there are a number of on-the-job risks that must be accounted for and assessed in ensuring a safer—more competent—work force in America.
With that being said, it’s important for companies to assess any skills gaps and on-site hazards that are likely to present on any given day. So how does a company ensure they are bolstering their workplace efficacy and closing serious skill gaps?
Through on-the-job training, continued education, and a hazard analysis. These are of the utmost importance in helping reduce risk and skills gaps at work, in addition to upholding all WHS/OSHA compliance standards.
Closing Skills Gaps
According to a survey conducted by The Association for Talent Development, which sampled 700 job training and recruitment professionals, 84% of those surveyed were in desperate need of employees with high level technical skills needed to execute certain tasks.
These skills are not easy to find, and college does not always prepare employees to successfully display such expertise. This is creating a greater need for on-site job training and continued education. The industries and trades which are experiencing the most extreme skills gaps today include:
- Welding, brazing & soldering
- Electrical trades
- Computerized tool operators
Skill gaps in these industries cause those with high-level skills to be overworked, while inexperienced employees are depended upon heavily to complete highly skilled tasks they are not proficient in. Each of these scenarios are increasing the likelihood for error.
It is estimated that at least 1/3 of such industries could lose over $100 million in revenue over the next five years due to a massive number of baby boomers entering into retirement. This is increasing the need for job training and continued education more than ever before.
While there is a strong need for continued education and job training, the availability of tools designed to help facilitate training are better than ever before. In our digital age, many employers are turning to eLearning modules and mobile apps designed to help facilitate risk reduction and job training.
White collar professionals, for example, are using Microsoft Office tools on a large scale, as it is a streamlined tool that allows for easy collaboration and cooperation among several offices within a large corporation. It is estimated that 1.2 billion people worldwide rely on these tools for their jobs. Continuing to educate employees in using these products is necessary for job success, especially when there are new versions being released often.
Take a Hazard Analysis
In tandem with job training and continued education, a job hazard analysis is an effective tool in implementing risk reduction.
There are likely several things on a job site that may cause injury or illness that can be termed job hazards. Hazards can range from having a higher likelihood of catching a cold, to being exposed to toxic chemicals, to having a higher likelihood of getting injured, or having an accident.
Whether working in an office, or on a construction site, there are likely a number of hazards that could potentially harm employees. Having a hazard analysis completed can help identify any potential risks, and allow management to take action toward reducing and eliminating them.
Workplaces that could benefit most from a hazard analysis include:
- Jobs with higher injury or illness rates
- Jobs that could possibly cause illnesses or injuries, even if there is no prior history recorded
- Tasks that must be done a certain way, or they may lead to an injury or accident
- Complex tasks that require written instructions in order to execute
- New jobs to an organization that may have changed in terms of their procedure or process
>>> Learn more about the difference between job hazard analysis and risk assessment here.
The bottom line
No matter what your company’s industry, it’s essential to ensure you’re doing everything in your power to reduce risk, and increase employee competence. Job training, continued education, and hazard analysis are the best tools in achieving these goals.
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