Localised compliance training is vital to the health and safety of your workers and your organisation.
Localisation relies on using a region’s terminologies and legislation to develop compliance training.
While there are plenty of parallels between regions, workplace practices and procedures are seldom identical across the board. So, it is incredibly important that compliance training reflects those variations, as generic global training can create serious issues.
That’s why localised compliance training is vital.
The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, is a great example. The system creates a uniform set of guidelines for hazardous substance classification around the globe.
Subsequently, the GHS has been widely adopted and most of the world’s major countries are now using the same framework. So, everyone can use the same global training course then, yes?
Several regions have indeed put the system into effect. However, they all still have their own specific local legislations, regulations, and standards to address and abide by. Therefore, every region has a unique interpretation of the GHS because it’s implemented via their own unique policies.
Moreover, no iteration of the system is set-in-stone. That is to say, regions can freely add to their GHS interpretation as needed, which affects even further regional variations. So, even a Globally Harmonised System may be significantly different from region to region.
This illustrates why localised compliance training is vital.
Localised compliance training helps to combat local issues. But generic global training significantly increases the risk and occurrence of compliance problems and workplace incidents. And that is something that no organisation wants.
The point of training is to enhance skills, reduce risks, and help prevent incidents and injuries. However, the wrong training or generic global training could achieve the opposite result. In other words, there could be serious repercussions.
Let’s say a UK organisation gives its workers fire extinguisher training. However, the workers don’t realise that the training is a generic global course based on US standards.
Then a worker utilises the wrong fire extinguisher in a fire emergency. Or they waste precious time looking for an extinguisher type that doesn’t actually exist in the UK.
Fire extinguisher colour bands and symbols can indicate entirely different types, uses, and fire classes between the US and the UK. Moreover, some are completely non-existent.
This could lead to serious damage or injury as using the wrong extinguisher will actually worsen some fire types.
Delivering accessible, applicable, and localised compliance training is vital to help prevent workplace incidents, injuries, and compliance issues.
Localised compliance training helps to develop workers’ abilities, and build safer, more responsible working environments.
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This content was created by Vocam and is intended to be used only as a guide and should not be relied on as formal training or legal advice.
As standards and regulations frequently change, all information should be considered by relevant local experts and authorities.