Ehs Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Environmental Health and Safety training is packaged in many ways. Some employees are required by the standards of their industry to attend live classes at specially accredited schools that teach correct handling of hazardous materials, including radioactive or biological waste. Others must learn the proper way to neutralize toxins or explosives, or how to properly package dangerous goods for shipment by various methods.

In other workplace situations, only a manager or supervisor conducting the instruction needs to be certified to teach correct and safe handling of the company's products or disposal of materials used in manufacturing. This saves the company quite a lot of expense, especially if the manager's original training had also involved travel and lodging. Other employees are then trained by the manager in safe procedures that benefit everyone involved and meet government regulations. In many cases, it is wise or required to have several supervisory employees formally trained by accredited institutions.

Classroom lectures alone can't transmit the seriousness of a great deal of environmental, health, and safety training, outside of the fact that a talking head alone will put students to sleep. Instructors use a variety of visual aids in the classroom to lay the groundwork. This is followed by hands-on exercises, as students learn how to check out an uncontrolled situation, identify the problem, clean up the site, and then decontaminate the area, themselves and each other.

Other Methods of EHS Training

Certain laboratory or university communities lend themselves to safety training videos. The level of training starts with the very general that all new employees are required to know as part of their policies and procedures orientation. From there, it goes through specific job-related requirements, to upper level management and investigators. Safety training videos cover everything from asbestos to earthquake safety to laboratory equipment procedures to personal protective gear.

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