Safety Training

Published: | Updated: May 8, 2020;

Definition - What does Safety Training mean?

Safety training describes the set of activities aimed at providing workers with the knowledge and skills to perform their duties safely and effectively. This type of training seeks to inform persons of the hazards and risks associated with various work activities and instructs them on how to identify, report, and address workplace incidents.

Workplace safety training is usually mandated by government regulating bodies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States.

Trenchlesspedia explains Safety Training

Like other construction activities, numerous hazards need to be avoided during trenchless construction and installation.

Workers must, therefore, be adequately trained to identify, report, and deal with associated risks. Some of the items that safety training in the trenchless technology industry should address include:

  • Proper use of PPE.

  • Identifying trip hazards.

  • The use of fall arrest systems.

  • Operating heavy and dangerous machinery.

  • Open trench stabilization and temporary soil retaining measures.

Another safety training element that also needs to be considered is infectious disease preparedness and response. The elevation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to pandemic status by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, has highlighted the need to train workers to deal with the hazards associated with exposure to viruses and other pathogens.

Safety training, as it relates to infectious diseases, should address the following:

  • Proper engineering controls and work practices to reduce disease exposure.

  • How to safely wear, remove, and dispose of PPE.

  • How to isolate suspected or confirmed infected individuals.

  • How to disinfect work areas and equipment.

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