Occupational health and safety training is only successful if it contains the necessary information. In itself, it is important to convey the necessary information, and directly the structure is not important, but the structure provides an opportunity to convey information more systematically, which should also enable better acquisition of information. It also provides a better opportunity to share instructional material in case there is more than one supervisor.

3 Important topics in occupational health and safety management

Work organization rules

Work organization rules describe how work is organized in the company – how is organized working time and rest time; what needs to be considered when coming to work and leaving work; how home office days or health days reporting is done; security measures, etc.

Introductory guide

The introductory guide consists of the general requirements arising from the Occupational Health and Safety Act; the obligations and rights of the employee; company’s occupational health and safety prevention activities; important people such as first aiders, work environment commissioners, etc.

Equipment and process safety instructions

Safety instructions are created for the equipment used and the work to be performed. The safety instructions describe the essential safety requirements for each device and / or work process. Safety requirements should be based on the principle of prevention of accidents at work and occupational diseases.

Structure of safety instructions

The safety instructions should be as specific as possible and as short as possible. Safety instructions should include specific prohibitions and obligations. The safety manual could be structured as follows:

  1. The dangers of doing this work
  2. Mandatory personal protective equipment
  3. What to do before work?
  4. What to do during work?
  5. What to do after work?

It is recommended to use more pictures and drawings in the safety instructions instead of adding long descriptions. That will make the safety requirement more easily understandable.

If the health and safety training material is well thought out, it will be easier for the employee to grasp and remember it.