Article by Art Gib
If you are a human resources manager in a high safety-risk industry, you know that it can be a challenge to create programs that will not only thoroughly train new employees, but that are also essential as continuing education tools for existing employees. The content must be constantly updated for relevance and, of course, be OSHA-compliant. When you buy industry-specific safety videos from vendors, how can you know if they will fill these criteria?
A good video supplier will have a wide range of industry-specific videos to choose from, making it easier for you to ensure that your employees are being thoroughly educated. If your company is a new one, a professional safety consultant will be able to tell you which non-industry specific videos would also be appropriate and necessary to remain in compliance with OSHA.
Non industry-specific topics might include such things as: drugs/alcohol, violence/security, general safety, confined space, ear/eye/foot/hand, and so forth. The following are examples of the types of content that should be inherent in training videos for specific industries.
Agriculture–areas covered should include:
–Worker’s compensation–Eye protection and hearing conservation–Personal protective equipment–Back injury prevention–Chemical safety–Forklift safety–Preventing slips and falls–Heat stress–California agricultural worker parameters and guidelines
Construction–areas covered should include:
–General safe work practices–Safe lifting–Basic electrical safety–Scaffold/ladder safety–Dump truck, backhoe loader, crane, forklift safety–Any other specific safety videos related to the type of machinery used on site
Supermarket–areas covered should include:
–General employee safety orientation–Safe lifting in a supermarket context–Box cutter safety–Customer service parameters–Customer accidents–Preventing slips and falls–Sanitation and hygiene
Hospital–areas covered should include:
–Separate safety information videos for administration, nurses, and doctors–Medical healthcare hazard–Safety training for housekeeping personnel–Accident causes and prevention–Lifting patients from beds/chairs–Tuberculosis and other disease prevention–Sanitation and disinfection
The above industry-specific criteria for adequate training in videos are just a sampling of the types of safety videos that are available on the market to use as educational and informational tools. Many of the topics in the content of one video may be applicable over a wide range of industries and contexts, so be sure to consult with a training professional to fill your business’s individual needs.