“For the past several years, we have been focusing on employee proficiencies as it pertains to safe work practices.
“We have developed a rubric for safety training topics. Employees must demonstrate to myself, their location manager, or a safety lead (a lead employee at their location who has additional OSHA 10- or 30-hour training), their proficiency toward the specific work practice.
“For example, operational staff would be asked to demonstrate their proficiency in lockout/tagout by actually locking out a specific piece of equipment. An office employee would be asked to demonstrate their proficiency in hazard communication, globally harmonized system (GHS) classification, and labeling of chemicals by identifying a hazard-specific chemical.
“While the traditional classroom setting allows information to be disseminated to employees, the true test of knowledge retention is through demonstrating the skill in the workplace.”
Reprinted from Grain Journal July/August 2020 Issue