Why employee safety training spells success for organisations- Expert

An occupational Health Expert with Medbury Healthcare, Dr. Uba Onyenefa, has emphasised the importance of being well-prepared for emergencies to maintain workplace safety.

He underscored the need to create an enabling environment where employees not only meet their moral duty but also form a cornerstone for the organisation’s overall success.

While noting that organisations need to prioritize safety training for their workforce, the expert maintained that such investment should stem from a genuine concern for every individual within the organisation.

Speaking exclusively with PUNCH Healthwise, the occupational health expert dwelt on how such fosters employee dedication and loyalty, and subsequently, boosts motivation, engagement, and productivity.

According to him, the financial benefits of safety training include the reduction of workplace injuries, ultimately translating into significant cost savings that encompass medical expenses, workers’ compensation claims, and legal liabilities.

“When employees know they have colleagues who have also been trained as emergency first responders, their confidence and sense of security are boosted. This, in turn, creates a positive work environment where employees feel valued and supported by their organization.

“Safety training enhances employee awareness of potential workplace hazards, equipping them to recognize and address risks effectively, thus reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

“Emergency safety training serves as a dual shield; it safeguards lives and shields company assets. When employees have the skills to execute emergency procedures, they effectively curtail minor incidents, preventing them from escalating into major disasters. This not only prevents loss of lives but also guarantees the continuity of business operations.

“These resources can be redirected strategically to areas of paramount importance, such as research and development, employed growth, or infrastructure improvements.

“Organisations must recognize that alleviating employee welfare concerns enables individuals to focus wholly on their responsibilities. This concentrated attention leads to heightened productivity and the delivery of top-quality work, creating a mutually beneficial scenario for both employees and the organisation.

“In light of these insights, I recommend that organisations consider partnering with occupational health organisations recognized for their proficiency in providing extensive employee safety training, and whose training prioritises crucial safety measures and emergency response protocols.

“Through experienced trainers and a commitment to excellence, that can ensure top-quality training that aligns with industry standards, blending theoretical knowledge with practical exercises for optimal learning and retention.”


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