Many workplaces see “training” as a formal exercise delivered by outside experts, but it doesn’t have to be, says WSPS key account manager Rodola Sibuma. “It can happen in small increments every day or every week, because you already have on-site experts who can deliver this training — your supervisors.”
Providing on-the-spot training and coaching offers compelling benefits for workplaces that hire seasonal and student workers. “It can help prevent injuries when these workers are at greatest risk: people new to a job are three times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job than more experienced workers,” explains Rodola. It also helps your supervisors meet their responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act http://wsps.ca/Shop/Training/Training-Schedules/Supervisors-Responsibilities-and-Due-Diligence.aspx — an important consideration this time of year, when the Ministry of Labour begins its annual blitz which runs from May 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.
During the blitz, inspectors will be looking to make sure employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. Results from last year’s blitz are a good checkpoint for what inspectors will be looking for. In 2016, the three most frequently issued OHSA orders involved employers’ failure to
How supervisors can protect these workers
Supervisors play an essential role in health and safety, employee performance, and productivity. This role becomes even more critical when new and young, or vulnerable workers are involved.
By providing these workers with on-the-spot training and coaching, your supervisors
All of these are top concerns for ministry inspectors conducting visits during the blitz.
How your supervisors can deliver timely, on-the-spot training and coaching
Here are just some of the ways your supervisors can complement formal training every week and even every day.
“Supervisors could also extend these suggestions to all employees,” says Rodola. “When does an employee stop being ‘new’? Training is a continuous activity, it doesn’t have to always be formal, just ongoing.”
How WSPS can help
Watch for details on this year’s blitz in the next issue of WSPS eNews.
* Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a “competent person” is someone who
(a) is qualified because of knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and how it is performed
(b) is familiar with the act and its regulations
(c) has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace
Photography by Scott Turnbull courtesy of Explorers' Edge