How often do Managers see training budgets being cut, or personnel becoming blasé about training in general? Isn’t it the norm that annual performance reviews involve reviewing training requirements? Realistically, how often do these training requirements get ignored and/or forgotten about during the year? The answer, I’m afraid, is all too often.
In the world of functional safety it’s essential that any and all personnel involved in safety have appropriate and adequate training, even if it’s just to keep up with the latest changes to the standards or industry trends. For end users, the IEC 61511 standard is the key driver for process safety. We at exida are always trying to promote training as a means of informing and educating our customers in the ways of both the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards. We do this in a number of ways, very often via free webinars.
Recently, it’s become apparent that customers (including engineering companies) do need this training but, oftentimes, are reluctant to undertake this. Why, you may ask? It can be any number of reasons but just using the word “training” sometimes conjures up negative responses from management who don’t necessarily see the value in investing in one of the most important aspects for keeping their employees skills current and/or improving them.
It’s a sad fact that most industrial accidents are due to human error and/or negligence, which is often due to a lack of proper training and/or knowledge and expertise. The IEC 61511 standard is very clear regarding the issue of competency, so why not look into training courses, such as the ones offered by exida.
Happy learning .