By Cheryl Higley
As the snow season comes to an end, now is the best time to review your safety training program and make improvements. If you wait until the fall to do this, you will be too busy preparing equipment and will not have the time to improve on your training process. Here are some key tips to consider:
- Written safety manual: Have a written safety training program that can be referenced/added to when needed. SIMA has one available here as a starting point.
- Training basics: Always have a set of basic training tools and resources that each employee goes through prior to the start of the snow season. Make sure you document that employees have gone through the training and keep it for your records.
- Tool box talks: Aside from general safety guidelines and training, its helpful to have a list of short training tips that can be done in the field/directly near a piece of equipment prior to operating.
- Appoint a Champion: Whether it’s the owner of the company or an employee, there should be at least one individual who is designated the ‘safety champion’ for a company. This person should be responsible for organizing pre-season, mid-season, and post-season safety meetings, addressing safety issues/concerns, and updating all safety training materials.
- Use manufacturers and suppliers as resources: The companies that buy and outfit your equipment are potentially a great source of safety information.
- Use it in your sales efforts: Once you have a quality safety training process in place, use it as a differentiator in your sales efforts.