Preventative education & training
A critical thread that runs through Work Health and Safety and its associated components such as injury management, ergonomic assessments, risk assessments, is the need for adequate training both as a preliminary and on an ongoing basis.
People respond well and benefit greatly from professional training in all forms of business. This is particularly so where it can affect them personally, physically and financially.
Safety Matters Australia ensures that we always conduct a training needs analysis as a component part of all our services. We believe that training is the framework for all our services.
All training programs are developed directly with the employing organisation and are tailored for specific needs, Safety Matters conducts training in all aspects of Work Health and Safety, including legislative and practical matters.
Ergonomic workstation education and assessments may be undertaken in group sessions or individually. Whilst both educate individuals in ergonomics and document assessment outcomes, if larger numbers of staff require assistance, group ergonomic education sessions are more cost effective for the employer and offer a group learning environment supporting shared knowledge between staff members.
Research by Robertson, et all 2007, supports ergonomic education through research findings that staff who received education in ergonomics together with a fully adjustable ergonomic chair were able to appropriately change and adjust their workstation and chair set-up more ergonomically and effectively than staff who were not educated due to knowledge gained from the training session.
Manual Handling Training
According to safety legislation it is your duty as an employer to provide clear information, training and instruction that covers:
- The type of work carried out by the worker
- The type of risks associated with that work
- The safety measures taken to reduce (or manage) risks in the workplace.
Manual handling injuries result in lost productivity, injury claims, and cost over-runs.
Do you have people who lift things at work? You’ve done your Risk Assessment and the manual handling needs to happen for the job to get done, what now?
It may be obvious that your staff lift and carry things. If so, have you trained your staff in correct manual handling techniques to prevent injuries?
You may a think so, but think again. How do those boxes of copy paper get from the door to the cupboard, or from the cupboard to the photocopier? How do those boxes of files get moved for archiving? Do you have a compactus for storing files?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you need to provide your staff with manual handling training specific to what they need to do at work.