I recently had the opportunity to travel to Doha in Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, and Singapore as part of our research on workplace health and safety management needs in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. I was joined on the trip by my colleague Janardhanan Chandrasekar (JC), UL’s Business Development Director for Asia.
A client of ours recently asked how many hours of safety training employees should receive each year. The answer, much like other things in life, is “it depends.”
Training requirements are influenced by a number of factors including industry type, the regulatory environment, employee tenure and senior management commitment. For example, new employees tend to have higher incident rates than their more experienced colleagues and may need extra training as part of the on-boarding process.
- Based on our experience at UL Workplace Health & Safety, we have found that time committed to safety training varies greatly. In addition to mandatory OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30-hour training courses, many employers provide customized training and also are moving toward the adoption of mobile applications that support moment-of-need safety training.
During a recent webinar, we discussed how to measure the return on your organization’s investment in customized safety training content in comparison to generic eLearning content.
In 2010, two dramatic events – a million-gallon crude oil spill near Marshall, Mich., and a natural gas explosion in a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood – focused the nation’s attention on pipeline safety.