Training for Zero
Research and application experience has proven that a critical key to a zero injury outcome in workplaces is directly related to the content of safety training and how well the training given to leaders is integrated with the training content provided the workers. Many assume the leaders need less training than the workers but this assumption is not true. Others give more training to the workers and assume the leaders already know everything; this too is a trap that robs employers of the safety performance desired: ZERO INJURY! For success to be yours “integrated training” for all is a requirement.
Without integrated training content across the different positions imn construction for instance: worker, foreman, general foreman, superintendent, project manager and safety specialist, all trained employees will be speaking to each other with a discordant vocabulary. On an issue one will say “Well, I heard it this way,” while another will say, “Well that is not what I heard, I heard it this way.”
The typical work site is in a hurry to get the employee into a production mode and will often be tempted to short cut the safety training on the false logic that dncreased production will be result of time away from the job. While this is ultimately true in the short term, to put an undertrained employee on the job too soon will actually impede production when injuries start coming all too rapidly and the injury frequency goes out of control.
The term “integrated training” simply means everyone has received the same identical message in the training given; thus the field safety conflict ceases and safety progress can be made. It is literally impossible to have a coordinated approach to safety when there are many different people giving the safety orientations and training each with their own unique twist to the training content. That might be acceptable for the normal subject matter but when it comes to creating a 21st Century Injury Free safety culture all employees must talk safety with the same knowledge and vocabulary. This employee ability can only be the product of consistent in content and delivery of the historical perspective on the Zero Injury Safety Concept and each employee's role in creating the culture defined.
This required result can easily occur by utilizing the Zero Injury Institute’s zero injury education and training modules offered through safety councils.
The Zero Injury Institute provides this integrated training for six construction project job positions; Craft, Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Project Managers and Safety Specialist. The modules start by giving the crafts one hour of information to empower them to understand and buy-in to the creation of a zero injury culture building process. The final lesson in each module is an extensive listing of the role elements that the individual in this position must fulfill for a zero injury outcome to occur.
The module for each position is comprised of several lessons ending with a retained knowledge assessment. A score of 80% is required to pass. The craft lesson provides the zero injury culture foundational and factual foundation; the foreman module builds on the craft module thus a foreman must complete both the one hour craft module and the one hour foreman module to be certified. Likewise the Superintendent must complete the foreman training before sitting for the one hour superintendent module.