Training is an integral part of a company’s internal occupational health and safety plan - with close links to the company’s risk assessments and operating instructions. It is the duty of the employer to provide his/her employees with appropriate training.
The duty to provide employees with appropriate training is governed by Section 12 of the Federal Act on the Implementation of Measures of Occupational Safety and Health (ArbSchG). This states very clearly who is responsible. “The employer shall give workers sufficient and appropriate training regarding safety and health protection at work during their hours of work.” (Section 12 (1) ArbSchG).
Whether formal training is required in a specific area of work or workplace, is normally determined by a respective risk assessment. For some topics, this decision has already been made by the legislator or accident insurance association. In such cases, formal training is mandatory. The DGUV statutory accident insurance association regularly publishes documents on these topics as a training aid.
Please find below an example for working where there is a fall hazard:
The DGUV also provides a range of additional information describing individual areas of work that involve the use of PPE (e.g. working on a mobile elevating work platform).
Working where there is a danger of falling and the use of PPE equipment are dangerous and can result in serious or fatal injury. Regular training protects individuals from using the equipment incorrectly and creates a safe environment.