As an appointed company trainer or supervisor, you will periodically receive calls or emails regarding job safety. While it’s easy to give a short answer, don’t miss your opportunity to show concern, educate the person asking and dig deeper to learn why the question was asked.
“For me, the answer I give is not fully acceptable until I provide the federal law, including the section and subpart designation. In cases where the law is lacking in detail, I give the latest interpretation of the law,” states Tony Jones, ProLift Trainer.
Our intent should always be to reduce death, injury and expensive accidents.
Intent should not be solely defining how to meet minimum compliance. Or worse, find a vague definition to justify doing less than meet the true purpose of the law – employee safety. If employees do not operate in a safe and proper manner or equipment is not maintained, someone will get hurt and potentially cause a family to miss a loved one coming home.
To serve your employees best, seek education on safety topics by attending third party training, reviewing federal law or subscribing to safety-related newsletters. Keep up-to-date with your personal operator training and hands-on evaluations. And, never hesitate to explain the intent behind the law.
ProLift can help you stay on top of current laws and best safety practices. Learn more about our safety training class offerings, including Train-the-Trainer for forklift and aerial equipment.Contact Safety Specialist