â€œThe mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.â€ â€“ William Arthur Ward.
How competent are you? How competent are your colleagues? Do you lead by example? Do you pass on your knowledge of working safely or the most efficient way to carry out a job?
We should all receive training when starting any new job, that is a given. However even though many of us receive training, we also experience skill fade.
Unless you are 100% confident that you are trained to a high standard to carry out the work you are doing, you shouldnâ€™t start any new task without being fully informed. Similarly, if you have done this job before but it was a while ago and your memory is a little hazy as to what you should be doing, stop!
An employer has the responsibility to educate their employees regarding how to do their job safely, efficiently and making sure they arenâ€™t putting themselves or anyone else in danger.
On the other hand it is the employees responsibility to highlight when they require training or guidance.
Health and Safety is everyoneâ€™s responsibility.
If you are an employer, why not take some time to engage with your employees and gauge their understanding of their job and their level of competency? If someone is working incorrectly or unsafely, ask them to stop and let them know they arenâ€™t in trouble. Tell them the correct way of working, explain why they should be working that way and why it is so important, demonstrate if necessary and then end with some positive encouragement. This way the employee may be more inclined to come and speak with you in the future if they are unsure.