The importance of operator training

The importance of operator training

Here at Riverside, we’re well aware that although staff training in the use of newly-purchased machinery is of utmost importance, this can unfortunately slip down the list of priorities as time passes and day-to-day working life takes precedence.  

But did you know that employers have a legal duty of care to their employees – under the Health and Safety at Work Act – to equip their staff with the skills needed to operate on-site machinery?

Over time, as staff come and go – and newer employees take their lead from longer-serving co-workers – instructions on the use of waste machinery, such as balers, may differ considerably, leaving newer recruits without the correct knowledge they require to carry out their role safely and efficiently.

Even those highly-experienced operators can become blasé in their actions, either forgetting simple things or picking up bad habits along the way. But it’s important to remember that there are options available to prevent this pattern from continuing.

Whilst the Riverside team is arguably best-known for it’s commitment to the provision, service and maintenance of our range of waste balers, our skills certainly don’t stop there.

We offer certified operator training – both at the time of initial installation, and via a series of refresher sessions – to ensure all staff are on the same page in terms of actions required, ensuring your workforce isn’t left with a skills gap at any point.

The courses available are cost-effective yet comprehensive, and cover a range of topics including safety guidance, baler maintenance regimes, sequence error troubleshooting and important baling do’s and don’ts.

So, if you want to get your workforce on top form for 2019, why not get in touch? From as little as £50, you can ensure everyone’s operating machinery correctly – and you are complying with legal requirements.

Why not make it a New Year’s resolution not to compromise on safety, and get your year off to the best possible start!