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7 Signs Your Workplace Needs Refresher Training

Not everything is like riding a bike. If any of these 7 signs apply to your workplace, you might need to schedule a refresher training course.

refresher training courseIf an experienced worker has performed the same tasks for years, he or she may be laboring under the misapprehension that there is nothing new to learn about the job.  But it’s dangerous to assume that retraining is a waste of time.  What you don’t know can indeed hurt you – maybe even kill you.

Just because retraining may not be legally required doesn’t mean you don’t need it.  Here are 7 tell-tale signs your workplace could benefit from refresher training:

1. New government safety regulations have been implemented that impact your workplace.

If you’re staying up-to-date and compliant, you’ll likely have to add new information and regulations to your mental repository. Make sure you review your current procedures before you add new information.

2. Your workplace has gone several years without a serious injury or fatality.

It’s a fine achievement, but if workers are becoming complacent about safety, an incident could be right around the corner.

3. Your workplace has experienced a serious safety incident.

Res ipsa loquitur.  Definitely time for a safety refresher course!

4. Your worker is starting a new job that builds on ongoing safety and technical knowledge.

Ensure that your worker reviews previous safety training before learning new tasks and additional safety measures.

5. You observe workers taking dangerous shortcuts or not wearing PPE.

If you start noticing a general lack of respect for safety protocol at your workplace, a refresher course is certainly in order.

6. Your workers are starting a task that they haven’t performed in awhile.

People forget things over time. It happens. Schedule a refresher training course if any of your workers are unsure about how to perform a task, especially if that task requires multiple steps. Accidentally skipping a step or performing them in the wrong order can ruin expensive equipment and possibly endanger lives.

7. New equipment is being introduced to a production line.

Even if your new equipment performs a similar function to older equipment, be sure to review relevant safety procedures (like lockout tagout procedures for the the new equipment) before attempting to learn about the new bells and whistles.



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