The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in collaboration with the Institute for Work and Health (IWH), Ontario, Canada, conducted a review of recent research in this area and earlier this month released, A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education for the Protection of Workers.
The review showed that:
- Workplace education and training programs have a positive impact on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practices of workers.
- There is not enough evidence to show that OHS training on its own has an impact on health (for example, by reducing injuries or symptoms).
- There is currently insufficient evidence to determine whether a single session of high-engagement training has a greater impact than a single session of low/medium-engagement training.
While other authors present evidence supporting high-engagement training, the NIOSH review of trials published in the last ten years could not confirm that a single session of high-engagement training has a greater effect on behavior than a single session of low/medium-engagement training, as the observed effects were too small.