We’ve all been there: a safety training course where the instructor reads from the PowerPoint® slides word for word – attempting to jazz things up with a laser pointer – while the audience struggles to keep their eyes open by sneaking looks at their phones or doodling.
The medical profession is concerned that the overuse of antibiotics is causing strains of bacteria to become resistant and patients to be less receptive to the most-used medications. The same thing can happen to safety when training is overused or misused.
A group of young people in Philadelphia working to turn both their lives and their neighborhoods around got safety training and construction training recently, through a partnership between YouthBuild Philadelphia and OSHA.
In 1996, when a training program was developed for sales and marketing personnel from personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers and distributors, nobody looked 20 years into the future. It started as a project jointly sponsored by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the former Safety Equipment Distributors Association.
Jill James, Vivid Learning Systems’ resident safety consultant and former OSHA Safety Investigator, fills us in on how a positive relationship between supervisors and employees can decrease the number of work-related accidents.