Buildings, equipment and materials all depreciate over time, but a company’s human resources hold the potential to continuously advance their knowledge and skill sets. Organizations with strong safety cultures take advantage of this amazing human capability and make investments in employees’ safety training and knowledge base. Almost every organization provides some form of safety training to its staff (as OSHA requires such), but world-class safety leaders go one step further.
Training employees for competency in safety knowledge and skills is essential for safety culture advancement. A workforce with a sharp safety understanding is more likely to recognize potential hazards before they occur, leading to avoidance of injuries and unnecessary cost. Having a workforce that is competent in safety and health concerns also allows employees to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them — a hallmark of healthy safety cultures.
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