The importance of training in safety and health standards

By using the legislated Hazmat example, this short, informational article emphasizes the need for all commercial and industrial companies to remain fully compliant in meeting the health and safety standards legislated. An important facet of ensuring that this remains the case is ensuring that all stakeholders’ staff receives regular and necessary training. Hazmat training complies with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The CFR stipulates that initial and recurrent training is carried out at least every three years by those who design, represent, modify, repair, mark, manufacture and prepare any form of hazardous materials. The list of characteristics does go on, but because the training imperative is so important, it is well worth mentioning a few more. Training is required for those who regularly recondition, test and distribute, or ship, hazardous materials.

There is a stipulation that failure to meet Department of Transportation training requirements can result in civil and/or criminal penalties. At the time of writing this note, the penalty was a modest fifty thousand dollars per violation. On site Hazmat training could include general awareness and familiarization training. It could also include function specific training. Undoubtedly, it must include safety, security awareness and in-depth security training.

Without regulations, companies and business owners should still be acting responsibly. It is not only in response to a moral code, it also makes business sense. Loss or damage resulting from not safeguarding premises and its packaged or out in the open contents can lead to far more severe financial losses that sees the above noted fine pale into insignificance. Apart from culpability, insurance damage claims administration to realize a fair settlement remains costly when carried out by qualified technicians.