Guide to Effective EHS Training (Updated for 2016): How to Design, Develop, Deliver, and Evaluate EHS Training

effective-ehs-training-guideSome time ago, we wrote a series of articles about ANSI Z490.1, the national standard for accepted criteria in safety, health, and environmental training.

That series was so popular, we used it as a source to create a free, downloadable Guide to Effective EHS Training.

Then, in 2016, the good people at ANSI and the ASSE updated ANSI Z490.1 (and did a good job, I might add).

And so now, we’ve followed suit, updating our own Guide to Effective EHS Training to keep up to date with the times.

If you’re not familiar with the standard or our free guide, we encourage you to buy a copy of the standard and to download the free guide. If you’re one of the thousands of people who have already downloaded the earlier version of our guide, we think you’ll like this new version even more.

Hope you enjoy it. You can download it now, or you can read the short preview article we’ve prepared for you below and download it from the bottom of this page. Such a life-so many options!

A Systematic Method That Leads to Effective EHS Training

We all want our EHS training to be effective.

But we may not know how to do that, and we may not all be familiar with sound training practices, the field of instructional design, or the basics of how people learn and apply that learning on the job.

Fortunately, ANSI Z490.1 and this guide take those basics, put them in a safety context, and walk you through a process for creating effective EHS training–from start to finish.


Here’s what the guide will walk you through:

ANSI Z490.1 and Its Scope, Purpose, and Application

Get an introduction to the national standard for effective EHS training.

EHS Training Program Management

Learn the responsibilities involved in administering and managing an EHS training program and how to integrate it into your EHS management program in general.

EHS Training Development

Learn everything you need to know and do before you begin training. This includes:

  • Training needs analysis
  • Learning objectives
  • Training prerequisites
  • Training design
  • Training evaluation
  • Continuous improvement

EHS Training Delivery

In this section of the guide, we’ll tell you what you need to know about:

  • Criteria for effective EHS trainers
  • EHS training delivery methods
  • EHS training materials

EHS Training Evaluation

It’s not enough to develop and deliver EHS training. You’ve also got to evaluate your employees to see if they’ve learned and evaluate your training program to see how effective it is and how it can be improved. In this section, we’ll walk you through:

  • General EHS training evaluation criteria
  • Training evaluation approaches
  • Continuous improvement of your EHS training courses and program

EHS Training Documentation and Record Keeping

Finally, we’ll discuss the importance of documenting and keeping records of your EHS training, and give some best practices for each. This will include:

  • EHS training documentation and recordkeeping systems and procedures
  • Confidentiality and availability
  • Issuing EHS training completion certificates

With all that said, go ahead and click below to download your free guide.


Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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