Selection and Development of Training Program

The process safety management system should ensure selection or development of training programs that will meet specific training plans and objectives. This is most easily done when the training objectives are well defined and explicitly stated. When a program consistent with training objectives is considered, its administrative characteristics should be reviewed relative to the firm’s requirement. Issues such as program length, time structure, pre-requisite knowledge, audio-visual or computer requirements, costs and instruction method should all be considered. The acceptability of the program should be judged by a group that includes training professions, technical specialists and operations personnel.
When a curriculum design is established and decisions have been made to develop all or parts of the training program, the next step is to begin the implementation of the program by developing the course materials needed to support the learning objectives. This will include such things as:
    1. Instructor lesson plans
    2. Visual aids
    3. Special or modified equipment for demonstrations
    4. Student texts
    5. Simulators
    6. Test
    7. Administrative and record-keeping aids
    Requiring the use of a written lesson plan for a training program is a commonly used control mechanism that helps assure quality and consistency. Without a formal plan, important information may be skipped or extraneous information may be introduced. The lesson plan serves as a guide to the trainer and assures covering all the critical points.
    Reference: CCPS(1989) Guidelines for Technical Management of Chemical Process Safety
    Management/Training and Performance