Employee Involvement after Environmental Health and Safety Training
After the completion of an environmental health and safety training course or programme many managers may think that they can then go ahead and impose measures or methods of working which have the intention of preventing the chances of environmental accidents from occurring and improving the use and management of resources by the company. Whilst this is certainly their prerogative as the management of the business, it is highly likely that results will be much superior if workers and employees are involved in this process rather than having it imposed upon them with little or no input from them. As well as environmental issues, this is also true of most if not all health and safety considerations.
Why is Worker Involvement so Beneficial?
Worker involvement in idea generation and decision making when it comes to the implementation of procedures and controls to safeguard their health and safety has a number of benefits. For starters they are likely to come up with ideas and suggestions which management have not thought of, as they are the ones who are on the front line so to speak and are facing or encountering these hazards. This will almost certainly mean that they can identify dangers or issues which need addressing that management who are likely to be remote or distant from the operations, either in an administration department away from the shop floor or even based in a different location entirely, may not even know exist. After they have received the relevant environmental health and safety training and/or qualifications, they will be able to provide a much more relevant and informed opinion upon potential environmental concerns.
Involving workers in the environmental safety process once they have received the training will also more often than not increase their levels of buy-in and commitment to the new processes, procedures and ways of working. Rather than resisting a process which is forced upon them, workers who have been involved in the development and are partly responsible for its introduction in the current format are much more likely to comply with the changes that are involved and attempt make it a success.
What Environmental Training is Available for Employees?
Environmental training for workers and employees varies tremendously, with individual and specific qualifications including the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate being available, as well as environmental elements included on the syllabus of other accredited courses such as the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate and on NEBOSH General Certificate training courses. There is also training available on specific topics which also have a bearing upon the environment, for example COSHH and hazardous substances.
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