Testing Employee Safety

Testing your employee’s understanding of safety benefits everybody. Tests help you assess the effectiveness of your employee safety training. They help you:

  • Measure employee understanding and retention of safe practices.
  • Gauge the competence of each trainee.
  • Document compliance with training regulations.
  • Indicate where more training is needed.
  • Identify weaknesses in your safety training program.

Employee safety tests provide documentation that required training has taken place and that employees have achieved required training objectives. Such tests also indicate when additional employee training is necessary.

Testing After Training: Is It Really Necessary?

OSHA’s Training Policy

OSHA’s training standards policy statement says that employee training required by OSHA regulations must be presented in a manner that employees can understand. The policy directs OSHA compliance inspectors to use the following criteria to determine whether an employer’s workers have been adequately trained:
If a reasonable person would conclude that the employer had not conveyed the training to its employees in a manner they were capable of understanding, then a violation of training requirements may be cited as serious.
If the compliance officer determines that a deficiency exists in the employer’s training program, the officer must document evidence of any barriers or impediments to understanding, as well as any other facts that would demonstrate that employees were unable to understand the training and apply it to their specific workplace conditions.

There are more than 55 OSHA safety training rules that specify training for employees before they perform a regulated activity or work with certain hazardous substances. For example, the lockout/tagout rule requires the employer to verify that the employees have “acquired” the knowledge and skills which they have been trained. Other rules that require verification of training include:

  • Confined Spaces
  • Forklift operator
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection

Testing of employee understanding can identify these types of deficiencies and enable you to correct them before an OSHA inspector visits.

Avoid OSHA Violations

It is essential that you test your employees’ understanding of the training they received and document the test in order to avoid violations of OSHA training requirements. Employee tests will identify weak spots in your safety and health training and show you exactly where your training needs to be improved. If tests show that training objectives are consistently not being met, revise the training content or methods to convey training until employees are able to meet objectives.

TrainingToday will automatically track and document individual employee training and test scores to help keep your organization protected during an audit or legal proceedings.

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