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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Safety Best Practices #2

An important step in achieving an effective safety program is to ensure that your employees are trained in all aspects of safety. Although it is not stated specifically in the OSHA standard, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission expect the safety training you provide to your employees to be effective training.

Unfortunately, many employers find it difficult to measure the effectiveness of their safety training. Many times, an employer is not aware that the training provided to employees on safety has not been effective until after there has been an accident, an OSHA inspection, or an obvious failure by employees to follow the safety rules of the company. The first two situations can cost the employer a lot of money. The first situation could cost an employee his/her life; the third situation mentioned above provides an opportunity to take corrective action before one of the first two situations occurs.

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