When you’re busy, it’s a lot easier to say “no,” than “yes.” Countless time-crunched safety managers put off safety training for their team because they think any (or all) of the following:
- Training is expensive
- Creating a training program is time-consuming
- Safety training is boring
- Employees don’t want or need safety training
If you’ve ever decided against injury prevention training for one of the reasons above, it’s understandable. In the past, most safety training was boring and time-consuming. That said, people also used to think smoking was good for you. Simply put, times have changed.
We’re in the golden age of online training. This means that cultivating a culture of safety by keeping workers updated on safety requirements and best practices is more convenient and budget-friendly than ever.
Why is safety training important in the workplace?
Regular safety training is proven to reduce workplace incidents compared to infrequent training. By assigning online lessons every month or quarter, you can establish a safety culture at your company without taking workers away from their job duties.
With online training, you don’t have to pay a trainer, rent a space or buy lunch for everyone. You get all the education needed and benefits for a fraction of the cost without any pesky surprise expenses.
Safety training benefits employees
Most employees don’t mind training. They like knowing what’s expected of them and learning how to do their job more efficiently. What they don’t like is being lectured. That’s why safety lessons around or under the 20-minute mark on a smartphone, tablet or laptop are ideal.
Regular safety training is also proven to reduce the number of workers’ comp claims and improve operational efficiency. Below is a sample of a monthly schedule covering some of the most common OSHA warehouse safety trainings needed.
Sample OSHA warehouse safety training schedule
Month one – safe lifting
The 12-minute lesson covers the importance of safe lifting, five steps to safe lifting and how to clear a safe path. Safe lifting as a result can mean less time lost from your current employees and the ability to protect and keep healthier those on the job.
Month two – back injury prevention
This 14-minute course teaches how to avoid back injuries, tips and exercises as well as lifting and lowering, pulling and pushing techniques. Such lessons could save your employees from being part of the estimated two million back injuries that occur annually in the United States.
Month three – ammonia awareness
The employee learns in this eight-minute lesson about ammonia hazards, storage and transfer plus reporting and evacuation procedures. Keep employees safer from things like lung damage, fluid build-up in the lungs and severe skin irritation and burns.
Month four – ladder safety
This nine-minute lesson covers ladder inspection and set-up in addition to safe climbing tips. Roughly 36% of all deaths in the workplace occur because of employees falling.Month five – workplace awareness
Forklifts, powered pallet jacks, lift equipment and ladders are just some of the hazards associated with working in a warehouse. This ten-minute lesson examines the most common risks and how to stay safe.
Month six – personal protective equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shields the eyes, face, head and other body parts and is often required as a condition of employment. This seven-minute lesson covers regulatory requirements for PPE, how to properly use PPE to prevent injury and personal responsibility in using PPE.
Month seven – slips, trips and falls
Slips and trips cause most work-related injuries and 15% of all accidental deaths each year. This 11-minute lesson covers:
- The types of falls that can occur
- How to identify if a slip, trip or fall may occur
- How to walk defensively
- How to use three points of contact
Month eight – box cutting
When used correctly, a box cutter is an effective tool. It can also be dangerous. This eight-minute lesson reviews safe practices to follow including selecting the correct tool, holding the tool, stabilizing the material and use of PPE.
Month nine – pest management
This 12-minute lesson covers how to protect your warehouse or other facility against rodents, birds and insects. While seemingly menial, this lesson proves important in ensuring your employees can avoid things like unnecessary diseases and/or illnesses, infestations or interruptions.
Month 10 – safe operation of pallet jacks
Pallet jacks, also known as hand trucks, are easy to use but can cause infrequent yet serious problems, accounting for 56 major injuries from 2002-2016. There are a few tricks and safety regulations your workers need to know, found in this six-minute course) about moving heavy or awkward loads.
Month 11 – lock out, tag out
Lock out, tag out is a process to identify faulty equipment that needs repair and should not be used. Incorrect lock out, tag out is one of the top five most-common OSHA citations. This six-minute course was created to explain the hazards associated with using damaged equipment, how to correctly mark and label equipment and employee responsibilities.
Month 12 – hand truck safety
Moving boxes and cargo can be hard work but using a hand truck can make the process easier. The safe and efficient use of a hand truck is vital to preventing injuries and damage to the cargo.
In this three-minute lesson, the driver will learn:
- Hand truck inspection
- Delivery routes
- Safe hand truck loading
- Specialty hand trucks
- Tips and techniques
Get your company’s training efforts rolling
If you’re just getting started on your training journey, you know that risk isn’t unique to only one area of your company. In addition to providing your employees with OSHA warehouse safety training, know that driver training is also absolutely necessary in keeping your employees safe as possible.
Curious as to the questions you should be asking when looking to implement driver training? Download our guide and find out!