Preview the film or video tape before you
conduct training. Before you begin training, you should
first go through the entire program at least once to
become familiar with the subject. Anticipate questions
people may ask and be prepared to answer them.
Study the current Navy safety policies and
regulations that relate to the program. List the references
for your topic in the lesson guide.
Use handout materials if they can add to the
training, Handouts work two waysthey give students
something to take back with them to the work area, and
they are a good source of information for later reference
or summary. The lesson guide that supports a specific
topic may provide suggested handout materials you can
easily reproduce on a copier machine.
Acquaint yourself with your lesson guide or
outline. If you get lost or confused, you will look
unprepared. That can discredit you in the eyes of your
Pay attention to class time. Keep the session
moving and lively. Nothing is worse than a session that
drags on aimlessly and painfully.
KEEP TRAINING SHORT!
TRAIN EARLY IN THE DAY!
At times you may have problems creating a good
climate for learning; you may have to search for a place
to conduct training. Aboard ship, you may find yourself
teaching in a crews mess area or a workshop. Ashore,
you may have to teach in a lunchroom, conference room,
or shop area. Students may have to stand. You may also
have noise to contend with from ventilation or operating
equipment. Understand that certain factors affect
learning, including the classroom itself.
Simple human needs affect how well or how fast we
learn. Physiological needs include being cold, hot,
hungry, or tired. Having such needs will prevent
personnel from learning because they will be
concentrating on their bodys needs first. Social needs
have an impact on any group of people. All people want
to have a feeling of belonging and to feel needed by
others. Personnel develop a sense of belonging more
easily within familiar surroundings. Adults also have an
ego need; that is, a need to feel useful and respected. Try
not to talk down to your students or over their heads.
Never assume they should know a safety precaution
simply because it requires common sense, and never
belittle them if they dont.
The safety instructors style is also an important
factor. In developing your own style, be sure you
observe the following guidelines:
Always accept a persons answerdont
embarrass a student who has given the wrong
answer. Try to provide a positive statement. Say,
Youre on the right track, rather than, Thats
Talk to the entire group, not just to the front row.
Move around. Speak loud enough that people
sitting in the back of the room can hear you.
Watch your mannerism. Relax. Take command
of the group by your body language.
Safety training is often routine and repetitive.
Impress upon your students the importance of safety
training. Be prepared and present your training material
in a professional and enthusiastic manner.
In this chapter you have learned about the history of
the NAVOSH Program. We have introduced you to the
current safety organizations program mission and
objectives. We discussed the Naval Safety Center. We
addressed safety and occupational health principles
along with the elements of a local safety program.
Remember, an effective safety program is everyones
responsibility. Safety is a six-letter word for a 7-day