Unit IV Assessment
In the past year at Carter’s Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Company, eight employees experienced minor injuries (cuts) from handling metal parts. One employee lost 15 workdays after getting debris in his eye while grinding, six employees lost two days each due to back strains, and four welders were treated for minor burns. Select one of the injury types, and discuss the possible performance problems. Suggest one or more solutions for each performance problem.
Your response must be at least 200 words.
I will discuss all of he injuries listed in Carter’s Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Company, but first I will address the six employees who lost two days each due to back strains. I would have to ask a few questions form the employees themselves so a survey would help in this regard. Some of the questions I would ask in the survey are what were they doing when they strained their backs, how were they handling the material, did they receive the appropriate training previously, did they have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment? These few questions would help me in finding out exactly what steps need to be taken in order to develop preventive training to eliminate future occurrences of this issue. One of the issues with this particular injury is that it takes employees out for multiple days and that could add unintended stress on other employees and potentially cause more injuries from being overtasked.
To start off I would develop and delivery remedial training to all employees that received injuries, now this is more of a reactive solution to the injury problem so I would also suggest creating an incentives program to help encourage safe practices. For the employees experiencing minor cuts due to handling metal parts I would encourage the buddy system where they are holding each other accountable conduct random work center inspections. For the member’s using grinders and welding I would post safety reminders in the work location and conduct random work center inspections. For the members with back strains I would ensure each of the are wearing the appropriate PPE through continuous worksite visits. Along with all these solutions listed above I would recommend continuous encouragement to employees and stress the importance of work center safety.
Haight, J. M. (Ed.). (2012). Hazard prevention through effective safety and health training. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers.
Imagine you are faced with developing a safety training class for a multi-lingual, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic workforce. Would you try to incorporate everyone’s needs into a single class, or would you try to develop separate classes to meet the needs of each demographic? Explain your choice.
Your response must be at least 200 words.
For this question I had to reflect over what I have learned and read throughout this lesson. When I first read the question, I was 100% sure that I would have went with trying to incorporate everyone’s needs into a single class, but upon reflection and new knowledge gained from the assigned reading I now think that would not be a benefit to members of a workforce. Now it could work depending on the material that is being delivered but for the majority of safety trainings I can now say I would try to develop separate classes to meet the individual needs of that specific demographic.
The reason I came to this decision was based on the information I gained after the assigned reading. I hadn’t initially thought about the disadvantages of developing an all in one training for all demographics and how these said learners would potentially walk away not understanding the material presented. This would be basically wasting the time used to develop and present the training for the trainer and for the learners it would be time wasted away from their work centers that could be better spent completing work objectives.
Every one learns differently I as a trainer should not expect to hold a safety training class for a multi-lingual, multi-generational, and multi-ethnical workforce to learn the same. Learning can be difficult for a demographic even when the material is targeted for them so expecting them to learn with elements that are not applicable to them would be challenging.
CSU Training and Development. Unit III Study Guide. Orange Beach, AL: Columbia Southern University, 2017.
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