02/22/2010

Workplace Safety and Health Training Positively Impacts Workers

Occupational health and safety (OHS) training is an important part of managing
workplace hazards and risks. A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of
Training & Education for the Protection of Workers reports on a study conducted
by the US-American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to
determine whether OHS training and education programs have a beneficial effect
on workers and firms.

Businesses want to know whether training can meet the goals of decreasing
workplace injuries and illness, and whether the cost of training programs can
be justified.

This systematic review was conducted to determine whether OHS training and
education programs have a beneficial effect on workers and firms.The review
showed that:

  • Workplace education and training programs have a positive impact on OHS
    practices of workers. However, there is not enough high quality evidence to
    show whether OHS training on its own has an impact on health (for example, by
    reducing injuries or symptoms).

  • There is currently insufficient evidence to determine whether a single
    session of high engagement training has a greater impact compared to a single
    session of low/medium engagement training.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health