As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread, it has also made safety a major point of focus in the workplace – and almost every work environment has changed somewhat to reduce the risks of COVID-19.
But COVID-19 is not the only threat at your workplace. Threats to workers from improper forklift operation and other risks haven’t gone away – and because of this, continued safety training is still essential for worker safety.
So, it’s important to make sure you continue to invest in training and safety education to create a safe environment for everyone – and to ensure all your employees can get home to their families at the end of the day.
Studying Safely In The Current Environment
The primary challenge of continuing safety training during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is the concerns about people grouping too closely together. Traditional workshops and classroom settings may seem unsafe.
But really, this isn’t the case. Safety training is adaptable and can take place in environments where team members don’t have to be in close physical contact – such as larger rooms with chairs that are spread out, or even in outdoor settings. Class sizes can also be reduced to ensure the overall risk of spreading COVID-19 is reduced.
And, along with taking proper precautions like handwashing, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing, your team can still learn proper safety precautions in classrooms and workshops without exposing themselves to the dangers of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Safety Training Is More Essential Now Than Ever Before
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t a good thing. But that does not mean it can’t teach us lessons that we can take into the future – both when responding to future pandemics and maintaining proper workplace safety.
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how important it is to protect workers and keep them out of harm’s way while coming up with solutions to allow businesses to operate at full capacity. There are a few lessons to take away from this.
First, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Ignorance is no excuse for putting other employees in danger – whether due to COVID-19 exposure or any other workplace risk. Workers, managers, supervisors, and all other team members have an obligation to protect one another by reducing workplace risks.
We offer 2020 OSHA Compliant Training Kits and more for your team to remain educated and qualified in these unique circumstances. Contact us online to learn more about our courses and materials and to order what you need to guarantee you and your team follow OSHA forklift safety rules.