It’s budgeting time!  If you haven’t started on your 2016 safety and compliance training budget, chances are you will be any day now.  If you are a seasoned safety professional, creating your budget is probably old hat, however, justifying your budget to the powers that be may be more of an uphill battle.  Here are a few quick tips to make justifying your budget that much easier.

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Outline Specific Learning Gain – Highlight what your employees will gain from their learning experience and how that will benefit the organization.  For example, you may determine that training employees twice a year on electrical safety best practices will reduce incidents occurring in the latter half of the year.  The extra cost of training is offset by the savings in medical, workers compensation and lost time costs.

Outline the Objectives of the Training – Go beyond, “employees will understand….” and be detailed about what objectives the training will cover.  Using the example below, outline that the training covers the proper PPE to wear for each encounter with electricity and approach boundaries for arc flash versus that employees will learn best safety practices for working with electricity.

Outline What Employees Need to Effectively Learn – This is an opportunity for you to assess your current training’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.  Also, review your employee’s learning styles, locations and the training topics that you need to cover to be compliant as well as effective.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all answer, but it’s an opportunity for you to showcase what you know about your employees, your safety program and tie it all back to the organizations objectives.

When you can tie your budget to goals and objects, and tie those goals and objectives back to your organization’s goals, then it’s a win for everyone.  Happy budgeting!

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Source: Society of Human Resource Management – Training Design and Preparing the Training Budget