Who is an "incidental trainer?" The term "incidental trainer" refers to a professional who has training as an incidental, not a primary, responsibility in a job or business. Many SH&E professionals and consultants are incidental trainers. They are subject matter experts in various aspects of work place safety. As a result, it is often assumed that they can train others on these matters. It is unusual to find a safety manager who does not conduct some safety training. Yet, do all safety managers have the education or experience in instructional technology or adult education to be an effective trainer? Unfortunately the answer is no, which means that in spite of their technical expertise these incidental trainers are unable to transfer knowledge or skills to the trainees or the trainees do not retain what they have learned soon after the training event is over. Consequently the desired job performance or regulatory compliance is not achieved.
How can an effective SH&E professional be also an effective trainer? This paper will discuss the keys to the successful design, development, and delivery of highly effective training programs, applying the principles of adult learning and the guidelines in the American National Standard ANSI/ASSE Z490.1: Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.