Onsite OSHA-10 training is saving millions of dollars and many employees from injuries on the job. It’s having a significant impact on companies, employees and their families, as this training works to protect individuals on the job and promote safety. The fact that it’s making such a difference is the reason why Technical Skills Development, a division of Vista College, offers custom onsite OSHA-10 training.
The reality is, sometimes the safest way to go about a job isn’t the quickest or the most convenient. Many employees are used to doing a job a certain way, and while it may not be explicitly dangerous, chances are good there’s a better way to do that job that would minimize risks for injuries — or even death.
OSHA-10 training helps to increase awareness and educate employees on the safest way to go about their jobs, strives to improve safety in the workplace and, therefore, decrease the risk of injuries. A recent survey of 195 OSHA-10 trained workers on their actions before and after training gives a great example: Prior to training, 75% of workers carried items around on a ladder. After the training, that number was reduced to 26%.
There are countless other scenarios that add up to make a case for onsite OSHA-10 training, including the benefits to both employers and employees we’ve highlighted below.
Onsite OSHA-10 Training Employer Benefits
Benefits employers will find from OSHA-10 training include:
1. Be Compliant
Hosting onsite OSHA-10 training ensures your company is compliant with OSHA guidelines and, more importantly, with the law. As a business owner, the last thing you need is for your company to fall behind in the expectations for your employees’ health and safety.
Ensure you and your employees are practicing what is preached in your OSHA trainings by conducting self-inspections. There are a variety of checklists available online that you can use to verify that you’re in compliance with all of OSHA’s guidelines. Find a few things out of place? Have a meeting to discuss with your employees the changes that need to be made and why.
Onsite OSHA-10 training is the beginning, but OSHA guidelines should subsequently become a part of company culture — and initiatives made by employees to follow those guidelines should be rewarded.
2. Save Money
One of the biggest reasons to conduct onsite OSHA-10 training as an employer is the effect it has on your bottom line. OSHA has a Safety Pays calculator you can fill out to see the true cost of an injury based solely on the total value of an insurance claim. The number may surprise you.
And that level of savings doesn’t just affect your bottom line — it extends beyond that. We often solely consider the implications for the injured individual. However, if that person has a family, there is a variety of scenarios that can have great repercussions. Consider an injury that requires care — the employee’s spouse may need to take time off or quit his/her job entirely, to care for the employee. That reduction in income could lead to relying on food stamps and other government programs which, in turn, affect the taxpayers’ bottom lines, too.
3. Invest Money
Yes, saving money is great, but what’s even greater are the doors that saved money can open. Once you’ve had a chance to calculate the significant reduction in the amount of spending related to injuries and deaths, you can reallocate some of those funds at the end of the year. Do you need some new equipment or perhaps more manpower? Better yet, some of those savings could be shared with employees in the form of bonuses to further encourage safety on the job.
Whatever you decide to do with the money you save, it’s money you didn’t have before and are now able to invest in something important for the company. You wouldn’t have it without the help of onsite OSHA-10 training. So invest in the training and, over time, you’ll have some extra money to dedicate to making your business better.
4. Increase Productivity
When workers are off the job due to an injury, it has a negative impact on the productivity in the field. If co-workers or employees are absent, it leaves a hole in your workflow. With fewer people, you can’t accomplish the same amount of work you were doing before. No employee looks forward to trying to work twice as hard or twice as much to make up for an absent coworker.
Even just a few injuries can mean later hours for other workers and sometimes even a longer schedule for the job. Neither of those are ideal, so making every effort to educate yourself and other employees on OSHA guidelines through onsite training can help keep your projects on time and your workforce consistent.
5. Gain Knowledge
Your education in OSHA guidelines is key to running a successful business. Onsite OSHA-10 training is an opportunity to educate yourself and, as an employer, your employees. Chances are, OSHA-10 training isn’t the only training your employees need. As such, you’re free to customize your own training for employees, combining OSHA-10 training with others to completely equip them to be successful and safe in the field.
Emphasize safety as a part of the big picture and make it a one-stop shop for everything your employees need to know to work for your company. Ideally, onsite OSHA-10 training would become a requirement for all new employees as a part of their orientation as well.
6. Expand Opportunities
Whether your company completes an RFP or another proposal of some sort, safety is usually a priority. How do you demonstrate your priority on safety in proposals? The more robust your safety training and initiatives, the more appealing you will be to many companies who are looking for someone in your industry.
7. Gain Protection
As an employer, the training offers you protection — the protection of your employees and protection for you in the form of decreasing your number of workers’ compensation claims. Both of these should be a priority for you in your business.
8. Increase Overall Safety
Remember the example we referenced in the beginning about carrying items around on a ladder? It’s something that becomes a habit for your employees over time, and eventually they don’t give it a second thought — it’s simply a part of their routine. But then they’re exposed to OSHA guidelines through training, and the next time they have to move a ladder with some of their work equipment on it, they think twice — and eventually that bad habit comes to an end.
Imagine bad habits being shattered for several of your employees. That leads to a whole new level of safety.
9. Have Peace of Mind
Putting all of the costs aside, no employer wants to see their employees hurt. Serious injuries and death can have a significant effect on an employee’s family, as well as company morale. As an employer, when you invest time and energy into onsite OSHA-10 training, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have provided all of the best safety information to your team in advance.
10. Discover Real-World Applications
If you do onsite OSHA-10 training, you benefit from having everyone in the same room, onsite. As an employer, you can discuss how each part of the training specifically pertains to work your employees are doing in the field as a part of your company. Senior employees can give examples of situations they’ve run into on the job and discuss how OSHA guidelines play a role.
This is also a great opportunity to give employees best practices specific to your business. The overall goal is to talk through real-world scenarios and encourage questions so you can be sure your employees understand how OSHA plays a role in everything they do.
11. Improve Health
While the focus is often on the safety improvements that onsite OSHA-10 training provides, it’s important to note that at the root of it all is health. As an employer managing workers, a healthy workforce is a happier workforce.
Health may not seem like a riveting case for onsite OSHA-10 training, but we can assure you that you’ll notice a difference in a workforce that is healthy. Who knows? Co-workers and employees may even appreciate the fact that their employer is looking out for their health through following OSHA guidelines.
12. Grow Confidence
Onsite OSHA-10 trainings give employers confidence for a different reason. OSHA conducts random inspections. They do give some information on how they prioritize the workplaces they inspect — one of which is reports of injuries or deaths — but to ensure an accurate assessment of the workplace, there is no advance notice given.
If you’re providing OSHA training to all of your employees and have practices in place that take OSHA guidelines into consideration, you can be confident that you’re prepared if your workplace would be chosen for an OSHA inspection. It’s probably also safe to assume that, by conducting onsite OSHA-10 training, you’re minimizing your risk of workplace injuries and/or deaths and therefore decreasing your chances of being selected for an OSHA inspection.
13. Advance Reputation
A company’s reputation is often at least part of the reason they are considered and/or chosen for a job. Whether you’re the owner of the company or an employee, you want the company to be successful in landing more jobs. Having injuries or deaths on the job isn’t good for a company’s reputation, and all the positive marketing in the world can’t fix a bad reputation.
And if you have a good reputation, conducting onsite OSHA-10 training can be a step in preventing that reputation from being tarnished by news of a severe injury or death on the job. If your reputation could use some help, decreasing the number of injuries and/or deaths can make a huge difference over time.
Onsite OSHA-10 Training Employee Benefits
Now switch gears to the employee. You’ll find the benefits of OSHA-10 training for employees include:
14. Decrease Medical Bills
Regardless of what type of insurance coverage you have, injuries lead to medical bills, and they cost money. Doing what you can to be safe on the job is an easy way to prevent these additional medical bills, or worse, a life-changing injury that leaves you needing frequent care or without the ability to work.
15. Stand Out
Once you have completed the onsite OSHA-10 training for their employer, that education is something you’re able to include on your resume and use as part of your sales pitch for future positions. While other companies will likely have varying safety requirements, the fact that you’ve been through a formal OSHA training, have the knowledge of OSHA guidelines and have worked for a company that made safety a priority will make you stand out. You’ll stand out among a crowd of others who haven’t had that training and experience, which could lead you to expanded career opportunities.
16. Protect Yourself
As an employee, one of the primary benefits of OSHA-10 training is to protect yourself. It’s easy to take for granted just how dangerous being out in the field every day can be — whether you’re doing electrical work or general construction. Onsite OSHA-10 training provides a reminder of the potential for accidents on the job, and it gives you the opportunity to protect yourself from a workplace injury.
17. Break Bad Habits
In addition to being more aware of the potential for accidents on the job as an employee, onsite OSHA-10 training often leads to breaking some of your old bad habits on the job. Breaking these bad habits works hand in hand with having the ability to protect yourself from injuries on the job.
18. Increase Confidence
As an employee, you’ll have a renewed confidence and peace of mind from knowing that the people you’ll be working closely with in the field will be trained in OSHA guidelines and should be very conscious of safety best practices on the job.
You’re also likely to have a greater sense of confidence in going about your work because you have been trained to do it in a way that is safe and will minimize the risk of injuries.
19. Learn Real-World Applications
As an employee, the real-world applications of onsite training give the OSHA guidelines a purpose. The expectations from your employer are clear, and the scenarios aren’t hypothetical ones you’re reading in a book — instead, you’re getting a clear idea of how OSHA guidelines translate into the world you’ll be working in. It’s a win-win.
As you can see, the results of conducting an onsite OSHA-10 training are substantial for both employers and employees. Minimizing the risk of workplace injuries and being compliant with the law are probably the two of the most recognized benefits of OSHA training, but they are only two of the many benefits of investing the time, energy and money into onsite OSHA-10 training.
The return on investment is high for everyone involved. As you’re considering the implications of onsite OSHA-10 training, remember that all of these benefits go hand in hand with training your employees — the benefits have a much greater reach for both employees and employers.