Fact Sheet

Designing Workplace-safety Training

Why Train?

It is important to educate all personnel about safety rules, workers' compensation and their duties and responsibilities in the workplace. The more education and training you give employees and volunteers, the more you will find that problems are reduced with injured workers.

Supervisors should be counseled on helping injured workers fill out the necessary workers' compensation forms along with keeping track of injured workers and their return to work.

While the insurance companies are required to provide certain information to injured workers explaining their rights and benefits, explanations and a little bit of nurturing from you will go a long way in having a satisfied employee rather than a disgruntled and insecure employee who worries about losing his or her job, not getting benefits, or wanting to "beat the system."


Workplace safety training needs to address general safety topics and safety topics specific to a particular work area or department.

General topics include:
Why workplace safety is essential'statistics on accidents/deaths on the job.

Description of the most common types of workplace injuries and how these injuries might have been prevented

A "Top Ten" or "Top Five" list of the most important things to remember about workplace safety?tailor these to fit the type of workplace safety injuries most common at your place of work.

Specific topics would affect:

Work Area


Staff Demographics

Plan for Everyone to Be Trained

Ensure that everyone in the workplace is properly trained, including: managers; supervisors; full-time, part-time and temporary employees; and volunteers.

Training schedules need to accommodate the nonprofit's program and staffing schedules. Sessions need to target new paid and volunteer staff and those who need refresher courses. They need to be flexible to accommodate new equipment or program safety considerations.

Guidelines for Training


Manufacturers for your equipment — Use Internet search engine to find homepages of Web sites.

American Camping Association

American Red Cross

American Society for Testing and Materials

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

National Alliance for Youth Sports

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Program for Playground Safety

National Safe Kids Campaign

National Safety Council

U.S. Lifesaving Association, The

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