The smooth flow of duties and responsibilities in the workplace can turn out to be messy if this is left to be done through without proper consultation and a risk management approach. This is why compliance training comes into the picture. It is the process of training and educating employees on the policies, rules and regulations that govern their daily obligations in the workplace. Most companies and organizations now spend time and money OHS Compliance issues in order to avoid costly injuries and/or law suits.
Compliance Training usually covers many topics of interest depending on the organization, the industry it operates within and its code of conduct or ethics. Some of the general areas that might be covered include methods of dealing with competitors, health and safety risks, how to protect the organization’s trade secrets, how to manage the companies records and various other regulations mandated by law. One will notice that some of these aspects are not just for mere smooth running of the company, but for its survival in the business field as well. Such issues like company’s secrets are what actually make it be unique and survive the tough competition.
Most companies, if not all, have their policies and procedures made available to all employees. But this is not usually enough especially as far as unforeseen circumstances are concerned. For example, in the case where an employee’s mistake puts the company on the defense line, despite the code of conduct stipulations, prior compliance training would always have the company and the employees prepared for this eventuality. It could also help to avoid such circumstances should there be tell-tale signs of such. Compliance training also serves the purpose of demonstrating an Employers Duty of Care as well as an audit trail that competencies have been achieved.
Other issues like workplace discrimination and harassment also serve to bring in respect while performing one’s responsibilities thereby avoiding conflicts. Therefore, the crucial role that compliance training offers cannot be overemphasized.
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