Refresh Your Training-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 28, 2011

Refresh Your Training

Michael Fouch


Work duties, kids, family responsibilities, bills, and information overload are just a few of the realities that adults deal with on a daily basis.  When considering all of these, is it any wonder that we sometimes have difficulty remembering what we did last week, much less, what was covered in a training you attended last year? 

Repeating training is highly recommended, especially if you use the information from the training infrequently. As an example, you had Confined Space Entry training last year, but you did not enter a single confined space since you had the training; chances are you have forgotten most of what you have learned. The old saying, “Use it or lose it” also applies to safety training. 

Some training has required refresher intervals while others do not; be sure you check to see if you are required to attend refresher training. Asbestos Awareness, Lab Safety and Hazardous Waste and Defensive Driving trainings have requirements to retake them at specified intervals. Lock Out-Tag Out and Confined Space Entry trainings do not, but it is a good idea to take these trainings on an annual basis unless you are performing jobs which required you to enter a confined space often or use lock out tag out procedures at least monthly.

Please check with the Environmental Health and Safety Department for a schedule of classes or to check and see what trainings have a requirement to retake and the time interval between trainings.

Remember . . .

Daylight Saving Time ends on November 6.  There are two things you need to do:  set your clocks back one hour, and more importantly, change the batteries in your smoke alarms.