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Is Worker Training Effective?

In the United States, the total cost of workplace training is over $100 billion per year.  A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in collaboration with the Institute for Work and Health (IWH), Ontario, Canada, analyzed the impact of training on reducing workplace risk.

The conducted a review of some of the recent research in this area. Earlier this month NIOSH and IWH released “A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education for the Protection of Workers.”

This report shows that training resulted in positive changes regarding workers knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior. However, this research also showed that training as the only solution, did not have an impact on decreasing workplace injuries or symptoms.

This information confirms InjuryFree’s belief that workplace risk reduction needs to come from a comprehensive program that looks at Biophysical, Ergonomics, Education, and Awareness. Through the BEEA+ paradigm we CAN make an impact on workplace risk.

Source: Rivera RJ, Paradise A. State of the industry report. Alexandria (VA): American Society for Training and Development; 2006.

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