Improving Safety in the Workplace

Safety cannot be mandated it must be taught.  If you ask any CEO or leader of an organization they will gladly tell you of their desire for a safe environment.  However, if you look at their training budget or how much time their employees drill on or engage in safety discussions on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and you will begin to understand how important safety really is to that leader.

Many organizations are beginning to cut training hours or require employees to get training on their own time.  It is important to note that training costs will be made either up front as an expense for training or as an expense for downtime due to injuries, accidents or mistakes. To ignore the costs associated with the lack of training is one approach that some managers or leaders take. There may be some benefit to that approach which is only clear to the managers that employ that practice. Taking the leadership position requires one to implement an action plan to deal with this important issue.

One must take the time to think about the benefits of training employees and how to harvest those benefits for your organization.

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About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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