Selecting the Trainer

Of course, the best individual to provide training is a subject matter expert who is also a formally trained instructor. However, this situation is rare. With that in mind, it is easier to make a trainer out of a subject matter expert than it is to make a subject matter expert out of a trainer. Quite often a supervisor or department employee with minimal skills as an instructor is most effective in using relevant information to improve job performance.

As part of the training program, the decision must be made as to who will facilitate training. Choices include someone in the department, someone within the university, someone with a state institution, someone offering commercial classes, or any combination. These choices are discussed in the following paragraphs.

Department Trainers:

Training presented by the supervisor or employees can be the most effective due to knowledge of actual job requirements and hazards. Technical information can be tailored to specific job performance and departments can officially disseminate procedural improvements developed by employees. To deliver effective sessions, presenters should receive formal train-the-trainer instruction.

University Trainers:

Using EH&S trainers is usually the best decision when an overview of a topic or an interpretation of regulations is involved. Determine the topics for discussion and contact EH&S for a customized training program. Allow enough time for EH&S to develop the program and reserve a convenient time for both departments. The information will ensure compliance, include the latest information, be delivered by experienced trainers, and be formally documented. The sessions will offer a university and departmental perspective, though materials will be somewhat general in nature. The information will provide a good guideline for adaptation to the specific work environment. Presentation by EH&S instructors provides the unique opportunity to raise real work related questions and work to solve problems with objective input consistent with university policy.

University personnel can receive training from the BCN Workers’ Compensation Office via classes presented through the Professional Development and Training (PDT). The classes are published on the monthly training calendar for PDT

State Program Trainers:

Several state agencies provide safety training classes in the northern and southern regions of Nevada. The classes are usually free and very general in nature. The information is to give a broad look at the issues involved with meeting compliance. The opportunity to solve real problems is limited and the training as a whole may seem less than relevant to a specific work environment. The State of Nevada Department of Personnel publishes a semi-annual training calendar that includes safety topics. The state Risk Management Office has a semi-annual calendar completely devoted to safety issues. The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) and the Employers Insurance Company of Nevada (EICON) are two other agencies that offer training, though on a more infrequent schedule.

Commercial Training:

There are several choices of training classes offered by commercial providers within the local area. Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) provides certain safety training classes for a fee. The American Red Cross and National Safety Council can be contacted for information about their classes. The Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC) provides special classes for business clients, sometimes allowing the general public to attend. Special seminars are frequently offered and advertised for the general public, with business rate registration fees.