Don’t Get Caught Out: Compliance Training You Need For Every Employee

Compliance training may not currently be the top priority on your HR to-do list, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your staff safe and reduce risk for your business.

In this blog we take a closer look at compliance training – what it is, why it is critical for your business and practical tips on what you can do to make sure your business stays compliant.

What is compliance training?

Compliance training refers to training employees on the laws, regulations and company policies that are applicable to their day-to-day employment. Australian employers are required by law to take all “reasonably practicable” steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees. This includes providing information, training or supervision required to protect employees from risks to their health and safety in the workplace. Out of these three options, compliance training is the most practical and effective way for you to meet your requirement to take all “reasonably practicable” steps, and therefore avoid costly legal issues.

Compliance training helps employees to understand their rights and responsibilities, and helps them to stay safe and be accountable. Bullying, harassment and unsafe or inappropriate conduct all pose a significant risk and therefore cost to businesses. Safe Work Australia estimates that work related stress and bullying costs Australian employers $693 million every year. Add in the fact that the maximum penalty for breaching the Work Health and Safety Act is $3 million and it’s clear that providing compliance training is a simple and effective way to mitigate your risk as a business owner.

What compliance training do I need?

Compliance training encompasses areas like workplace health and safety, bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, social media, and equal opportunity. Depending on your industry and employees’ job roles, you may also provide further training modules in areas such as manual handling, product training, customer service, and professional conduct.

Compliance training can be included as part of your employee onboarding process, with regular refresher training for existing staff as required by their role, or as relevant laws change.

What happens if I don’t provide compliance training?

Businesses who don’t provide appropriate compliance training run the risk of hefty fines if an incident occurs. You’ve probably heard of Australian bootmaker RM Williams before. But you might not know they were recently fined $90,000 for breaching the Work Health and Safety Act after an employee was seriously injured whilst operating machinery. The Magistrate noted the injury had occurred partly due to a lack of appropriate safety training, and SafeWork SA executive director Marie Boland commented on the importance of managing the risk of injury through the “provision of training and supervision”.

Setting aside a small amount of time and budget to provide appropriate training to your new and existing employees is well worth it to reduce the risk to your business.

What Can You Do to Stay Compliant?

The first thing to do is identify the topics you need to train your employees in to meet your legal obligation to ensure their health and safety at work. Next, decide how you’re going to source and deliver the training. There are a lot of options here - you can develop compliance training yourself, send staff to external training, or buy pre-built online compliance training your staff can access on-demand.

Online compliance training is one of the most time and cost-effective ways to source and deliver this type of training. It is easy for HR Managers to track and administer, and your staff can complete it anywhere and anytime that suits them.

CourseGenius has launched a new suite of online compliance training courses that are ideal for Australian businesses of all sizes. Some features of this suite include:

  • All of the courses have been developed by a leading Australian law firm, ensuring they are legally compliant.
  • Comprehensive tracking and reporting features mean you can make sure none of your staff slip through the cracks and miss their training.
  • The courses are all mobile-friendly, which means you can deliver training to staff on-the-go, anywhere and anytime.
  • All courses are engaging and educational, incorporating interactive content, multimedia, and authentic and relatable case studies based on real-life examples.

The suite of online compliance training courses currently includes the following topics:

If you are interested in learning more about CourseGenius’ online compliance training, you can learn more here or sign up for a free preview of the courses here.

No matter how you decide to source and deliver your compliance training, the most important thing is not to wait for something to go wrong. Start today and keep your most valuable asset – your staff – safe and healthy at work.

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