Investing in effective employee training will increase skills, knowledge, productivity, morale and help reduce workplace incidents.
What does the law require?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 requires employers to provide such training to employees as is necessary to enable the employees to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to health.
Various regulations made under the Act (eg Hazardous Substances Regulations, Plant Regulations) require employers to provide training to employees on:
- the nature of hazards
- the processes used for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
- the need for, and proper use, of measures to control risk
- safety procedures
- the use, fit, testing and storage of personal protective equipment.