Sometimes when employers appoint a workplace trainer, they consider selecting workers with the most seniority, those most liked by their colleagues, or workers with strong personalities for whom public speaking won’t be a problem. Sometimes they forget that workplace trainers must also be competent.
What Does Competent Mean?
General competency is defined as, “having requisite or adequate ability or qualities,” and when it comes to workplace trainers, those are definitely valuable qualities. However, workplace trainers must be competent as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which defines competent as,
“a person who,
- Is qualified because of knowledge training and experience to organize the work and its performance,
- Is familiar with this Act and the regulations that apply to the work, and
- Has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health and safety in the workplace;”
Why Does a Workplace Trainer Need to be Competent Under the Act?
Industry best practices, along with the Occupational Health and Safety Act & Regulations, including the Construction Regulation, require competent workers for equipment inspection and operation. Under Construction Regulation 213/91 s.26.2(1), any person who trains or gives instruction with respect to fall protection systems must be competent.
OSG’s Competency Requirement
OSG requires that anyone taking a Train-the-Trainer course meet the competency requirement as defined by the Act. The reason is simple. Our Train-the-Trainer courses don’t teach participants safe operations or specific processes; they give the participants the tools they need to train and instruct others. For that reason, we only enroll workers in our Train-the-Trainer programs who already hold a certificate of competency. In order to obtain the certificate, the participant must have completed theory training, achieved a passing grade on the written in-class review, as well as the practical skills evaluation, if applicable. They must also have experience operating equipment or with the work process.
OSG Inc. can Help!
Did you know that OSG has trained over 5000 successful workplace trainers? Trainers learn to deliver dynamic and effective programs when they take any of OSG’s Train-the-Trainer courses, which include a mandatory Train-the-Trainer Day where participants learn about adult learning techniques and effective program design.
Let us help you train your workplace trainer. View our Train-the-Trainer courses today, or, if you have any questions call 1-800-815-9980 to speak to a Health and Safety expert.
Written by Jennifer Miller | Curriculum Development Coordinator
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