October 2015

Justifying Your Annual EH&S Training Budget

It's budgeting time!  If you haven't started on your 2016 safety and compliance training budget, chances are you will be any day now.  If you are a seasoned safety professional, creating your budget is probably old hat, however, justifying your budget to the powers that be may be more of an uphill battle.  Here are a few quick tips to make justifying your budget that much easier.

Outline Specific Learning Gain - Highlight what your employees will gain from their learning experience and how that will benefit the organization.  For example, you may determine that training employees twice a year on electrical safety best practices will reduce incidents occurring in the latter half of the year.  The extra cost of training is off-set by the savings in medical, workers compensation and lost time costs. 

Outline the Objectives of the Training - Go beyond, "employees will understand...." and be detailed about what objectives the training will cover.  Using the example below, outline that the training covers the proper PPE to wear for each encounter with electricity and approach boundaries for arc flash versus that employees will learn best safety practices for working with electricity.

Outline What Employees Need to Effectively Learn - This is an opportunity for you to assess your current training's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.  Also review your employee's learning styles, locations and the training topics that you need to cover to be compliant as well as effective.  Unfortunately, there isn't a one size fits all answer, but it's an opportunity for you to showcase what you know about your employees, your safety program and tie it all back to the organizations objectives.

When you can tie your budget to goals and objects, and tie those goals and objectives back to your organizations goals, then it's a win for everyone.  Happy budgeting!
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Training Spotlight - Workplace Violence

The on air shooting of two reporters at television station WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia on August 25, 2015 was a tragic reminder of the serious consequences of workplace violence.  Workplace violence protocol is similar to having a first aid or emergency plan - ensuring everyone is trained and procedures are in place is the best chance to reduce the potential for incidents...or a catastrophe.  

Training Spotlight - Confined Spaces in Construction

Reminder...the Confined Spaces in Construction rule went into affect October 2nd.  Make sure your employees are trained and ready. 

Evolved Safety offers workplace violence prevention and confined space for construction training programs in multiple formats to help you prevent incidents.  Let's talk about how we can help - contact us today! 


October is Fire Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Week was established by the National Fire Protection Association to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.  This is the perfect time to remind your employees about fire prevention in the workplace, as well as at home. 

Fast Facts About Fire Extinguishers -
  • Fire extinguishers are not designed to fight a large or spreading fire. Even against small fires, they are useful only under the right conditions.
  • Fire extinguishers are labeled according to the type of fire on which they may be used. Fires involving wood or cloth, flammable liquids, electrical, or metal sources react differently to extinguishers. Using one type of extinguisher on the wrong type of fire could be dangerous and make matters even worse.
  • There is a simple acronym to remember to operate most fire extinguishers - PASS. PASS stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.
  • You should fight a fire with a fire extinguisher only when all of the following are true:
    • Everyone has left or is leaving the building.
    • The fire department has been called.
    • The fire is small and confined to the immediate area where it started such as in a wastebasket, cushion, small appliance, stove, etc.
    • You can fight the fire with your back to a safe escape route
    • Your extinguisher is rated for the type of fire you are fighting and is in good working order.
    • You have had training in use of the extinguisher and are confident that you can operate it effectively.
    • Remember, if you have the slightest doubt about whether or not to fight the fire - DON'T. Instead, get out, closing the door behind you to slow the spread of the fire. (East Side Fire Department, Baton Rouge, LA)
Fire prevention awareness is important every day, every week, and every month. Ensure your employees are trained on not only fire prevention, but what to do when a fire occurs.


Test your memory with the October safety crossword - hint, all of the answers come from this eNewsletter and highlighted blog posts.  How Evolutionary!  We'll post the answers on our Linked In page next week,  so be sure to follow us .  Happy cross-wording!

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