Education & Training

Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. Another role of education and training, however, is to provide workers and managers with a greater understanding of the safety plan itself, so that they can contribute to its development and implementation.

Education and training provides employers, managers, supervisors, and workers with:

  • Knowledge and skills needed to do their work safely and avoid creating hazards that could place themselves or others at risk;
  • Awareness and understanding of workplace hazards and how to identify, report, and control them; and
  • Specialized training, when their work involves unique hazards.

Additional training may be needed depending on the roles assigned to employers or individual managers, supervisors, and workers. For example, employers, managers, and supervisors may need specific training to ensure that they can fulfill their roles in providing leadership, direction, and resources for the safety plan. Workers assigned specific roles in the plan (e.g., incident investigation team members) may need training to ensure their full participation in those functions.

Effective training and education can be provided outside a formal classroom setting. Peer-to-peer training, on-the-job training, and worksite demonstrations can be effective in conveying safety concepts, ensuring understanding of hazards and their controls, and promoting good work practices.

Provide Plan Awareness Training

Managers, supervisors, and workers all need to understand the plan's structure and procedures. Having this knowledge ensures that everyone can fully participate in developing, implementing, and improving the plan as follows:

  • Provide training to all managers, supervisors, workers, and contractor, subcontractor, and temporary agency workers on: 

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