Are you safe or are you sorry?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If you were out to dinner and the person next to you started to choke, would you know what to do?
If you were at a braai and the fire got out of control, would you know what to do?
If you were at work and someone was seriously injured would you know what to do?
In all these scenarios, if you were the injured person could you trust that the people around you would know what to do?

Very often legally required training is regarded as a grudge purchase. The focus is on the minimum requirement and not on the maximum potential benefit. What is the maximum potential benefit?

To the person who had CPR performed on them whilst waiting for the ambulance, the maximum potential benefit is obvious. Could you refuse someone a days worth of training at the price of someone else?
If you own an office building and you find out after a fire that your your Fire Marshall's certificate has lapsed and that your insurer may refuse your claim the value of a few hours training becomes very clear.

Studies show the correlation between safety and productivity is paramount to profitability. Risk needs to be mitigated at every point in the business process and training is a key component of this.

The importance of the positions required by law such as SHE Reps and First Aiders should not be overlooked. These representatives can be a strategic link between employees and management and are a vital part of promoting safety culture within your organisation. Often safety training is regarded as a box to tick when in fact it is key to your success. Every action everyday carries risk and to be the most profitable company you can be you need all risks covered and all hazards exposed. A minor hand injury costs your business money from the second the incident occurs right up until the injured person is fully recovered. To demonstrate the connection, think of each second as representative of R1000.00. With 48 seconds of the incident occurring the cost of the training that would have prevented the incident is paid for. Realistically, in a medium scale construction development each second equates to approximately R4992.00

Re-training every two years is required and recommended. Changes in legislature, production and staff can lead to skills gaps within your business and unnecessary risks taken. Its a long term investment to avoid short term disaster.

Good quality training is rare. As safety managers the training that you provide for your staff will impact the business but also the society in which your staff live. Whether you are a CEO or a multimillion Rand conglomerate or a humble clerk - if you or your family need first aid you would hope that other business owners have invested in training the people around you.