- Identifying in tandem with your business plans a structured training portfolio to ensure that your staff receive appropriate training to enhance both their personal development specific to the role or roles they are to fulfil in your enterprise and for you as business owner to optimise overall staff developmental processes in your business. Compliance is important however the effective management of HSE is equally as important.
- Present a training budget within the parameters of your financial plans.
In resource optimisation, assist in identifying staff who within their key performance indicators have the ability to perform more than one HSE function with the view to contributing to a controlled wages/salary bill.
- SETA accredited training providers earn the recognition of affiliation after successfully satisfying related stringent qualifying criteria. Whilst a ‘swallow does not bring the summer, SETA accreditation is a fair reference point for any company to pursue further training performance evaluation based on ‘word-of-mouth’ experience and to ensure that the contents of the course material compliments and fulfils advertised standards and outcomes.
- SETA accredited training providers are re-evaluated annually subsequently ensuring that SETA standards are upheld. Failure to comply may result in the accreditation of the trainer to be revoked.
It is recommended that business owners or decision makers make themselves available to attend a course to ascertain first-hand the effectiveness with which the course is conducted by the HSE training provider. This is a transparent and fair barometer.
Motivation, positive mind-sets towards the need for a positive HSE culture, a mature perception of risk and the perpetual individual and collective re-enforcement and desire to contribute to the ultimate goal of a successful Health and Safety Management programme…that of creating a safe working environment, must be the common communication thread by a training provider as an underscore to each Health and Safety course irrespective of the subject matter of the course. Corporate competence is a perpetual team effort. Co-ordinated, re-occurring training, implementation and management are critical ingredients. A reputable training provider must possess the overall resources, skills, application and persuasive capacity for a mutually beneficial ‘buy-in’ approach by all stakeholders and the subsequent ability to be an initiator, catalyst and support partner in the overall HSE awareness process.
Ensure your training provider has an adequate HSE database to serve as a supplement to your in-house HSE training database. Whilst not a legislative requirement it would be advantageous to ensure staff attend refresher or re-training courses every 2 years. Your training provider should partner you and offer a supportive relationship by means of managing this process effectively in conjunction with yourself.
The outcome of a student’s level of competency will have a direct impact on the contribution made in the workplace to create a safer environment. Certificates must therefore be a statement of efficiency awarded only to those who meet the required criteria, in accordance with ethical practices.
It is advisable to request a letter of financial stability from the auditor of the training provider to provide added peace of mind to you the customer that the business is managed responsibly. Your HSE training records history is only as good as the longevity of the training provider.