Welcome to the August 2019 edition of the Bedrock Solutions’ newsletter. In this edition, we look at the benefits of reviewing hazards and determine if refresher training is necessary. As always if you have any questions about any of the information in the newsletter or about your health and safety obligations, in general, please be in touch.

Benefits of Reviewing Hazards

A company has a hazard register with identified and implemented control measures to manage the risk in their workplace. Some might say this is good enough! However, over time things do change, people become complacent and even forgetful. Furthermore, depending on the culture of the company, the focus can be production driven where staff regularly overlook the control measures to get the job done quickly. This approach is like playing Russian roulette and is totally unnecessary. Always remember taking shortcuts with health and safety doesn’t work in a courtroom.

At Bedrock Solutions, we want our clients to have the tools to get the job done right, the first time. One tool available is to incorporate hazard reviews as a part of regular staff meetings. This can add real value to the bottom line. Why? You are creating a forum where staff are a part of the hazard review process, they can ask questions, give suggestions and feel empowered. Also, management can reiterate good work practice in relation to the hazards being reviewed. Small bites of communication on a regular basis leads to institutionalising good thinking. This is a great outcome for everyone!

Is Refresher Training Necessary?

Refresher training in some instances is a requirement to meet with compliance and/ or certification requirements. For example, registered electricians, plumbers and gas fitters must attend refresher training at recurring time intervals to maintain their registration. This ensures their understanding of industry-related procedures is maintained to the appropriate level.

What about training for in-house procedures?
One approach is to assign a new staff member to a buddy. Over a period, the buddy trains the new staff member and eventually signs them off as being competent. To strengthen this, standard operating procedures (SOPs) are available and used by the buddy. This not only ensures the training is consistent, but it also transfers the knowledge of the operational procedures to an organisational level.

What about refresher training for in-house procedures?
If staff have the potential to cause serious injury or damage by carrying out in-house procedures incorrectly, it is important to set intervals to reassess staff against these procedures. It is then a matter of assigning an experienced staff member to undertake the assessments of staff using the appropriate SOP as the audit tool. If gaps exist, targeted refresher training is arranged. This approach reduces the refresher training requirement and gives a proactive approach to reducing the likelihood of things going wrong.

Final Note

For our subscribed members, do not hesitate to be in touch if you require assistance to implement either of the above processes using B-Compliant. If you are not currently subscribed, feel free to contact us to discuss your health and safety requirements.

“The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles” Oren Harari