Whatever your business, safety training is key to ensuring your staff can work out of harm’s way. When you add the risks associated with working in the construction and built environment, on-site safety training becomes even more important.
Working in high-risk situations, with hazardous equipment, your workers will want to make sure they have the right knowledge and procedures in place to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. As a training manager or supervisor, it is up to you to ensure your team’s training and skills are up to date, so everyone has peace of mind.
In this article, we will explore the key benefits of refreshing safety training for you, your team and your business’ reputation.
Why Safety Training is Important
Most construction site workers understand why safety training is essential, especially when it comes to operating high-risk equipment such as forklifts or cranes. Formal training allows them to carry out their work safely, getting life-like training and supervision from an accredited Registered Training Organisation.
Managing safety in construction starts with appropriate on-site safety training before a new team member starts. New workers must be trained in what workplace hazards and risks they may be faced with as well as safe work procedures for how they will carry out their responsibilities.
Moreover, when dealing with high-risk equipment, workers must be trained on how to operate them safely as well as how to use and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) like height safety harnesses or respiratory equipment. This also ensures your company’s compliance with national legislation for construction work.
New staff must be clear on the correct safety procedures, even if they have experience or previous safety training. Newer workers will also require more regular observation and supervision to ensure they are performing tasks and operating equipment safely.
But safety training isn’t a case of “set and forget”.
Ongoing training and supervision are vital to ensure your team is consistently following safe work procedures and knows how to deal with any health and safety issues that arise.
What Safety Training Is Mandatory in NSW / QLD / VIC?
Depending on your location, the required safety training can change. To ensure you are properly accredited, and confident in avoiding questions from WHS, you need to be clear on what the training requirements are for you and your team. It is your priority to prevent accidents caused at work and ensure your staff’s wellbeing.
- If you’re located in NSW, you can review this key information for construction safety risks and associated resources.
- For QLD, you can click here to access resources on safety training for construction workers in Queensland.
- If you’re an employer in VIC, you can access Victorian construction safety information and resources here.
Safety training is an important element of ensuring everyone’s peace of mind, but remember, it’s not just about formal training courses or a tick box task to obtain certificates to work, it is about ensuring your staff are clear and confident on safe work procedures to develop a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.
Why You Need to Keep Your Training Up to Date
As with any critical element of construction work, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest best practices. When it comes to safety, ensuring you are compliant with the latest standards and training methods is crucial.
Providing new and relevant safety training will develop a positive health and safety culture in your business whilst also ensuring you are meeting your legal duties of workplace safety.
Moreover, by keeping your team’s skills sharp, you can better demonstrate your business’ reputation for high standards to help you win new clients.
Safety Training Examples
At Kallibr Training (RTO 32365), short courses in safety are available year-round at our Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne campuses.
Hazardous Workplaces such as Confined Spaces
For example, our 1 Day Confined Space Entry and Gas Test Atmospheres course trains workers on how to safely work in confined spaces developing their skills and knowledge necessary to work in the Resources and Infrastructure industry.
Specific Skills to Stay Safe at Work
Additionally, the Work Safely at Heights course provides the training required for workers to be able to safely inspect, fit, and use safety equipment when working at heights whilst our First Aid and CPR course equips workers with the skills and knowledge needed in a medical emergency.
Become a Health and Safety Representative
Kallibr Training also offers an HSR (Health and Safety Representative) course, so that the elected workplace safety team member in your business can legally fulfil their role. After receiving HSR certification, they can effectively carry out their responsibility for reviewing and improving workplace safety procedures, especially following any accidents or incidents regarding employees’ health and safety.
Study Safety Topics with Kallibr Training
Every business in Australia has a moral and legal duty to ensure workplace health and safety. To help you carry out this responsibility, Kallibr Training can support you in refreshing your team’s safety training successfully. Get in touch today or review our various safety training courses here.
Plus, why not come down to see us at the Melbourne Safety Show on the 25-26th May 2022. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Stand F19!