In a first for occupational health and safety in Australia, leading-edge training group PaQS People and Quality Solutions has launched an online Personal Safety Awareness self-assessment and training platform specifically aimed at employees and contractors.
The PaQS accredited competency based training program is nationally recognised and enables employees and contractors to complete a series of exercises online to help measure, focus and shape their attitude towards safety in the workplace.
“This is a new frontier in personal safety management that targets human error by developing and enhancing individual safety thinking and responsibility,” according to PaQS Senior Psychologist and managing director, Carl Reams. “Most experts agree more than 90 per cent of workplace incidents, injuries and fatalities have some human error element”
“Traditionally, safety awareness has focused on visible workplace environment awareness and training job skills - Environmental Safety Awareness (ESA). Personal or Psychological Safety Awareness (PSA) evolves safety to a new level by focusing on the individual’s abilities and motivations – the safety thinking that drives behaviour.”
Mr Reams said substantial work had been done in Australia over recent decades to improve safety systems and procedures, training and identify management responsibilities. “But there hasn’t been a lot other than skills or systems-based training for the people themselves, and we’re addressing their motivation to follow safety systems and procedures to comply with them. Through our platform we’re addressing the person within the environment by giving them access to an online self-coaching version of PSA with the same competencies they would receive through face-to-face coaching.”
More than 40 companies have been using or trialling the system to date and more than 400 employees have completed the online course, which on average takes one to two hours.
According to Professor Gerard Fogarty, Professional Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland and a research advisor and consulting psychometrician to PaQS, a multi-level approach that addresses skills, knowledge, attitudes, and motivation is required to reduce the economic and human costs incurred by unsafe practices.
“The PaQS Advanced Safety Awareness Online Training course addresses the all-important question of attitudes and by making materials available in a flexible online mode PaQS has effectively created a learning opportunity for everyone,” Professor Fogarty said.
“When it comes to safety, no amount of skill or experience will overcome a poor attitude. Sooner or later, people who place themselves and others in risky situations will run out of luck. The PaQS Advanced Safety Awareness Online Training course will help people to identify and correct attitudes that create instability in otherwise safe working environments.”
For further information, contact:
Training Director, PaQS
02 4949 4500