Occupational Safety Training and the Importance of Checklists

Posted on: October 10, 2014

IMG951113We provide occupational safety training for companies that are looking to increase workplace safety and do so in a way that actually works. Developing a safety program and offering training is the first step. We make sure that your employees are engaged and participate in the safety training so that they can remember what to do after the fact. This is extremely important because a boring training program will put your team to sleep, and the chance of their behaviors changing is very slim.Once we understand what your goals and challenges are we can customize a training program that is designed to solve those issues and can be implemented on a daily basis. We find that the more interactive training is, the more your employees will retain the information. After they have completed the training, it is up to you to make sure that the new safety protocols are being followed.We find that checklists can be extremely helpful for keeping your employees on track. They also provide a tool that managers can use to check in on employees and ensure they are following safety protocols. As an occupational safety training expert, we can help to create checklists that you can use based on work flow and your internal processes.Here is an example of how a checklist can work to keep people safe:A doctor in Michigan created a safety checklist that was to be followed when a patient had a catheter inserted. The checklist was followed by the staff manning a 108-bed intensive care unit. Over the course of eighteen months, they saw the infection rate in patients drop from 4 percent to zero as a result of following this simple checklist for how to put a catheter in safely.The list was simple and included washing hands, cleaning the patients skin, putting a sterile drape over the patient, wearing a sterile gown, gloves, hat and mask, and putting a sterile dressing over the catheter site. It didn’t take much work to follow these simple steps, but the results were significant when you consider that approximately 1,500 patient lives were saved as a result of the switch.Sometimes creating a checklist involves speaking with people that are doing the job every day. While conducting occupational safety training, we like to ask the group to talk about best practices or things they do on a daily basis in order to stay safe. It is often these simple tips that can be combined in order to create a safety checklist that can work for everyone and help to prevent accidents, injuries, or in this case – infection.In another example, Boeing created the first checklist for pilots in 1935. At the time, no one was using them, and after the accident had occurred, they wanted to find a simple way to prevent future ones. The safety checklist was created; accidents were reduced, and now this is a common practice in the aviation industry. Even if you have never used a checklist before, you can implement one and use it to reduce workplace accidents.

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