Training can be defined as learning that is provided in order to enhance ability for a specific job or task. It is an activity aimed at imparting information and/or instructions to improve an employee’s performance or to assist them in attaining a required level of knowledge or skill. For any organization, training needs must be identified at all times that are a reflection of the various processes, tasks and hazards in a given workplace. With that, training must be provided when and where necessary and on an ongoing basis. It is clearly essential that a sound awareness of health and safety principles and issues is vitally important for all employees who may be affected by an organisation’s processes and activities.
This awareness should extend to understanding the importance of conformance with the organization’s health and safety policy and with all procedures and works instructions that may be relevant to them and their work. It is also important that employees fully understand the significant health and safety hazards and risks to which they may be exposed. Only effective training that is task-specific and risk-relevant can achieve this.
But how can an organization’s safety management and human resources (HR) or human capital function keep abreast of the training needs and attendance of all employees, especially those who are particularly exposed to health and safety hazards? That can be a daunting task, both logistically and risk-wise. Enter Convergepoint’s Health and Safety Management Software. This is user-friendly and intuitive software for training needs analysis and oversight at its best. For example, the software can automatically reissue health and safety-related training policies by establishing time frames for review, renewal and expiration. The software allows the relevant people with access to view employee training records, including version histories and related discussions. It can also alert managers and employees as to when training, permits or certifications are approaching their deadline or are already overdue.