The Importance of Training & Development
Most employees have some weaknesses in their workplace skills. A training program allows you to strengthen those skills that each employee needs to improve. A development program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge. This helps reduce any weak links within the company who rely heavily on others to complete basic work tasks. Providing the necessary training creates an overall knowledgeable staff with employees who can take over for one another as needed, work on teams or work independently without constant help and supervision from others.
Improved Employee Performance
An employee who receives the necessary training is better able to perform their job. They become more aware of safety practices and proper procedures for basic tasks. The training may also build the employee’s confidence because they have a stronger understanding of the industry and the responsibilities of their job. This confidence may push them to perform even better and think of new ideas that help them excel. Continuous training also keeps your employees on the cutting edge of industry developments. Employees who are competent and on top of changing industry standards help your company hold a position as a leader and strong competitor within the industry.
A structured training and development program ensures that employees have a consistent experience and background knowledge. The consistency is particularly relevant for the company’s basic policies and procedures. All employees need to be aware of the expectations and procedures within the company. This includes safety, discrimination and administrative tasks. Putting all employees through regular training in these areas ensures that all staff members at least have exposure to the information.
Employees with access to training and development programs have the advantage over employees in other companies who are left to seek out training opportunities on their own. The investment in training that a company makes shows the employees they are valued. The training creates a supportive workplace. Employees may gain access to training they wouldn’t have otherwise known about or sought out themselves. Employees who feel appreciated and challenged through training opportunities may feel more satisfaction toward their jobs.
Careers in Radiation Safety
Radiation Safety Officer gives advice and guidance about the possible hazards of ionising radiation, such as x-rays, as well as radioactive materials and waste.
Practitioners use scientific techniques and equipment to measure and monitor radiation, assess risks and ensure the safety of the workplace, the general public and the environment.
Employers are legally required to comply with health and safety regulations on radiation and may appoint a radiation protection practitioner to advise them of any legal requirements. They also advise employers on radiation protection, design of facilities and projects and safety training.
Typical work activities
Typical work activities include:
- ensuring that radiation safety regulations are observed;
- visiting sites to provide radiation protection consultancy and writing reports based on these visits;
- applying basic principles of health and safety to comply with relevant regulations;
- liaising with management and the workforce (including plant managers, designers, engineers, laboratory staff, academics, accountants and other health and safety professionals) on matters of radiation safety and legislation;
- drawing up safety policies and procedures;
- monitoring and maintaining records of radiological and environmental conditions;
- providing a dosimetry service and measuring radiation
- assessing radiation risks in the workplace
- advising on the safe transport of radioactive materials;
- leading and coordinating enquiries into accidents or incidents;
- preparing emergency plans;
- liaising with inspectorate and other bodies;
- identifying training needs and lecturing and/or training other staff;
- To research and improve operational practice.