Key Training Considerations for Modern Construction Companies
Throughout the construction industry, organisations are continually striving to balance providing a high-quality service with efficiency and safety. The key to this is effective training as informed and knowledgeable staff are going to find striking this balance significantly easier.
Whilst construction organisations vary in specification, all of them have to invest in training to ensure they work safely and legally. This short guide is designed to look at some of the most common and important training considerations for modern construction organisations.
Always consider training as an investment rather than as a cost because not only will it help you deliver your service, but it will improve employee loyalty and value too.
First Aid at Work
All workplaces require a fire marshal and first aid officer to be on hand but this is even more important in the construction industry. Often, construction sites and workplaces can be dangerous, leading to a greater likelihood of injuries both small and large. To this end, having a first aider present is essential if you want your staff to operate safely and confidently.
Fortunately, the demand for first aid knowledge has meant that finding affordable training courses is fairly easy. In fact, some organisations even offer first aid training within your own premises, ensuring your staff can learn without having to travel a long distance. Whatever happens, ensure that your site and workplace is fully equipped with a first aid kit and relevant care materials so that if there is an issue, your trained staff have the tools they need to address it.
Working at Height
Due to the nature of many different construction businesses, employees will regularly find themselves working at height. Whether it’s during a roofing project or whilst operating a MEWP, meaning Mobile Elevating Work Platform, a host of different construction projects require you to get up high and into a potentially dangerous space.
Due to this, it’s imperative to provide staff with the training they need to work safely in these dangerous spaces. Working at Height training usually involves common security practices like anchoring yourself at all times, but there are usually dedicated courses for using specific equipment or working in a specific way, so it’s always worth doing additional research to ensure the course covers what you need it to.
Again, the length and specification of the course will vary based on what you are looking to gain from it; though, many will provide you with some kind of card or certification to prove that you are fully trained. This can be essential when it comes to legalities and regulations.
One type of training that is commonly overlooked is environmental awareness and management. However, with the environment at the forefront of the modern consciousness, environmental impact and corporate social responsibility are playing a major role in business success so it simply can’t be ignored anymore.
All construction sites have an environmental impact and environmental training teaches staff how to manage this properly. The most common topics to be covered focus on waste management, noise pollution, light pollution and conservation of local flora and fauna. Ultimately, this training helps educate on how to have the least impact on the surrounding area as you work, an approach that both helps the planet and can be bragged about in marketing.
These three key training considerations aren’t the only ones to keep in mind but they are a few of the most important. Hopefully, this brief analysis will have inspired you to get some training for your own construction business, as an educated workforce is one of the keys to business success.