If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It
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If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It

Why do we need so much retraining when it comes to health and safety?

By Kari-Anne March, CLAC College and Marketing Coordinator

Workers in all industries are required by Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) to maintain government-approved health and safety training specific to their job. This ranges from first aid to fall protection, from food safety to hydrogen sulfide training, and everything in between. 

In addition to the abundance of safety tickets workers are required to have, they are often required to recertify their tickets every two to five years. Even if the ticket itself does not expire, many employers will still require workers to recertify sooner than legally required.

Most workers understand why they need training. But why do they need so much retraining when it comes to health and safety? 

Previously, working as a manager in the hospitality industry, I was required by OH&S to have first-aid training and have renewed my ticket twice since the initial certification. As I prepare to renew for the third time, I think back as to how much I don’t know (or don’t remember) about how to administer first aid. Yes, I remember the ABCs to check for airway, breathing, circulation, but to successfully tie a splint after all this time would present quite a challenge. 

Although I have been certified for almost nine years, I have been fortunate enough to never need to apply the training to a real-life first-aid situation. While I may technically be certified, the skills I learned are no longer fresh in my mind, and my ability to successfully perform life-saving practices has naturally deteriorated. It is true what they say: If you don’t use it, you lose it.

Following OH&S legislation and implementing a thorough safety strategy are critical in protecting the health and safety of employees. This means ensuring that all workers have the skills and the training needed to do their jobs in healthy and safe manner. 

Recertification reinforces original learning while keeping workers up to date with current workplace practices, as programs are regularly updated and refreshed. Regular training (and eventual retraining) of all employees on health and safety matters relevant to their industry promotes a workplace that is safe for all individuals on site. 

Do your part to stay safe, skilled, and certified. Visit our website for a full list of health and safety training options.

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