H&S Training Needs Analyses

Virtually all H&S legislation includes a section on the provision of appropriate, adequate and suitable Information, Instruction and Training. In effect, this means that personnel should be deemed ‘competent’ to carry out whatever tasks they are assigned and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) describes “competence” as follows:

“The ability to undertake responsibilities and to perform activities to a recognised standard on a regular basis. Competence is a combination of practical and thinking skills, experience and knowledge”.

Many organisations now assess competence using the simple ‘SKATE’ test, which states that employees should be able to demonstrate the following for each task:

S Skills
Topic-specific practical skills which may be required to fully understand / appreciate the working environment

K Knowledge
Resulting from formal education, training and experience

A Attitude
Maturity, zeal, motivation, interest and tenacity

T Training
Qualifications obtained from relevant courses, seminars, workshops, etc, periodically reviewed in-house to maintain currency

E Experience
Familiarity and practice of learned skills in relevant environment

By applying the SKATE test to a Training Needs Analysis (TNA), it should be quite possible to determine i) whether employees are competent to perform a specific role and ii) if not, what additional training may be required. Do remember that certain H&S legislation includes specific training or qualification requirements and it is important to include an appraisal of the appropriate legislation whilst undertaking the TNA/SKATE process.

The SYT system guides you through the required competency requirements for key roles defined in the H&S Management System.