The issue of workplace safety is a serious concern for many industries but for some it is crucial, literally a matter of life or death. Consider, for example, a mining-industry professional who is insufficiently trained or certified and causes an accident, or a logging truck driver with an out-of-date license — these are just two recipes for disaster. Clearly we need to know that all organizations are compliant with health and safety regulations. In the fields of natural resource management: forestry, oil and gas, mining, etc. there will be specific health and safety competencies included with every job profile.
Ensuring that there is no harm done to people, animals or the environment means that employees must be thoroughly trained about hazardous materials, first aid and correct procedures. The goal is not only to avoid accidents but also to be able to offer rapid response times with skilled personnel in the event an emergency should occur. Occupational Health and Safety Officers will carry out regular inspections to ensure that organizations are compliant with laws and health and safety regulations. Nevertheless, it is in the clear interests of all employees in high-risk occupations such as mining or forestry to ensure that their own training and that of their co-workers is up to date.
To this end, competency-based talent management offers the best solution. Competencies allow employers to identify any potential risk areas and enable workers to assess their own preparedness for the job they are asked to do. Competencies can: clarify behaviours that support important health and safety issues, establish a benchmark for excellence in safety standards, identify when and where remediation is necessary and focus professional development and training initiatives to achieve desired outcomes.
The soft skills that are merely important in an office-based organization may well become a matter of life or death when dealing with potentially hazardous situations in the field. Imagine a commercial airline pilot with an attitude problem, or even a strong personality clash with his co-pilot — would you want to be his passenger? When the safety of other people, both co-workers and the general public, rely on your doing your job responsibly and following correct procedures then soft skills are of paramount importance. Hence, competencies in oil and gas, forestry, mining, aviation and other high-risk industries must include soft skills alongside technical knowledge and qualifications.
Learning management systems can use competencies to identify training needs and assess and validate technical skills and appropriate certification. Shift iQ’s Skills Development Platform is the quickest and easiest way to develop and deliver training and development programs. Results can be instantly analyzed through reports that provide up-to-the-minute feedback tied directly to your organization’s objectives and compliance guidelines.