If you operate a business, there is a good chance that you have people who need some sort of training in dealing with hazardous materials even if this is not the primary focus of your operation. In fact, in these situations, you may not have people on your staff who have the specialized skills to provide the training simply because it is not economically feasible to do so. The challenge then becomes one of how to get the right training to the right people in order to comply with all the regulatory and other requirements.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity to get the right hazmat classes in place. One way of getting your people trained in a way that will not cost you a fortune is by hosting a class. Companies like AHLS can help you set up a class and provide you with an instructor whenever necessary. They can even help you develop your own instructor if that is something you want to do.
Hosting a class provides a number of advantages. One thing it can do is spread the cost of the training over several organizations so you do not have to cover it all yourself. Depending on how the course is structured, you may even be able to have your own people trained for free. You can provide the room and invite others to send their people. It will be advantageous for them as well, because they will not have to pay the full cost of running the course either. It will be a win-win situation for all parties.
Having people from various organizations represented in the class enables participants to see the subject matter from different perspectives. For example, in the case of hazardous materials, there may be responders in the class along with those in the transportation industry or the manufacturing sector. Every individual in the class brings something unique to the table. This can help to stimulate some interesting discussions and raise some questions that might not be answered otherwise.
By hosting a class, you will be providing a networking opportunity for your own people. By participating in a class with other people of similar interests, contacts can be made that may be valuable when one needs help and advice from peers in the future.
The next time you feel the challenge of providing the necessary training but you have limited resources, you should give some serious consideration to hosting a class.