What’s common sense for you might not be so familiar to new employees. When we deal with scaffolding every day, for example, we take for granted the safety measures that have become second nature to us.
But for new employees, those safety measures haven’t yet had a chance to become second nature. New employees, even if they’ve been in the industry for years, may have never been taught safety. You can’t assume that your people know something, unless you’ve told them.
Standard orientations and safety trainings ensure that every employee knows exactly what to do in every situation and with every task. Making safety training part of your onboarding process helps you get it done and not have to keep track of who has had it and who needs it.
Also keep in mind that people forget things, especially if it’s not part of their daily life. An employee won’t have occasion to use emergency safety skills until an emergency happens — and you want him or her to be ready. Ongoing safety training, through tool-box talks, weekly safety meetings, site safety issue-specific meetings, and reviewing pre-task plans to identify hazards associate with specific tasks, helps to keep vital information fresh.
You want safety to become an integrated part of how every employee works. And for that to happen, employees need training.