Choosing the Right Occupational Safety Course: TVA Occupational Safety Training vs. Occupational Safety Card Training

First of all, the client determines training requirements for the site. Organizing orientation and induction training is statutory but other general occupational safety training requirements are up to the client’s consideration and decision. There are lots of different basic trainings available but in this blog we focus on Finnish TVA Occupational safety training and Occupational safety card training.

Occupational safety is paramount in any workplace, especially in industries with high-risk environments. Ensuring that employees are well-versed in safety protocols can prevent accidents and create a safer, more efficient work environment. In Finland, there are some options for courses designed to meet these needs. In this blog we introduce our  TVA Occupational Safety Training and Occupational Safety Card Training (also known as Green Card Training). While both courses aim to enhance workplace safety, they differ in some key aspects. This blog post will explore these differences to help you choose the right course for your needs.

TVA Occupational Safety Training

Overview:

TVA Occupational Safety Training focuses on equipping participants with the knowledge to conduct and organize work in shared workplaces. The course covers Finnish safety regulations, risk evaluation techniques, risk management, and safe working methods. Its primary goal is to introduce Finnish regulations, improve cooperation and enhance safety in shared workplaces.

Course Details:

– Format: primarily eLearning, (but can be also organized as a webinar or classroom training for groups)

– Duration: Approximately 5 hours and exam

– Certificate: Participants receive a certificate upon passing the test at the end of the eLearning training.

– Content: The course content is derived from 20 years of safety training expertise, encompassing essential topics on occupational safety,induction, occupational safety regulations in Finland, industrial hazards such as hot works, electrical safety, lifting safety, forklift and truck safety, mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) safety, working in confined spaces, handling chemicals as well as emergency preparedness including information on evacuation, usage of fire extinguishers and first aid. Content takes into account the industrial standard PSK 6803

Advantages:

– Flexibility: Participants can complete the training at their own pace and convenience. Courses can be taken from any location and at any time best suitable for the participant. Does not require a group to organize a training.  Course fee is quite inexpensive as individual pricing in an eLearning is possible. 

– Broad Expertise: The course leverages extensive experience from over 2,000 safety training sessions for international audiences. 

– Comprehensive Content: It introduces participants to the critical safety regulations and requirements specific to Finland.

a woman giving a lecture in an occupational safety training session

Occupational Safety Card Training

Overview:

The Occupational Safety Card Training, also known as the Green Card Training, is trademarked by the Center of Occupational Safety and follows their guidelines and regulations. This training is very well known and many large industrial companies require this card from their employees and subcontractors, although it is not legally mandated.

Course Details:

– Format: Classroom, webinar or hybrid training

– Duration: 7 hours plus an exam. Time frame is binding. Also supplementary course of 4 hours is available for people who have a valid Occupational safety card and need to renew it before it expires

– Certificate: Participants receive an Occupational Safety Card upon successful completion.

– Content: The course includes lessons on working in shared workplaces, safety issues, responsibilities, risk management, and procedures. It features group exercises and requires full attendance.

Advantages:

– Industry Recognition: The Occupational Safety Card is recognized by many large industrial companies, enhancing employability in these sectors.

– Detailed Instruction: The training offers a thorough introduction to occupational safety matters, providing a solid foundation for site-specific inductions.

– Interactive Learning: Group exercises foster engagement and practical understanding of safety protocols.

Key Differences

To help you decide between these two courses, here are the primary differences:

1. TVA Occupational safety Certification vs. Occupational safety Card:

   – TVA Occupational Safety Training: Concludes with an instant certificate right away after examination is approved. Certificate in a card format also possible.

   – Occupational Safety Card Training: Results in an Occupational Safety Card, which is often required by large industrial employers.

2. Duration:

   – Occupational Safety Training: Depends on the pace of the participant but approximately 5 hours plus an exam.

   – Occupational Safety Card Training: Minimum 7 hours plus an exam (refresher course 4 hours plus an exam).

3. Flexibility:

   – TVA Occupational Safety Training: Can be completed at the participant’s own pace online.

   – Occupational Safety Card Training: Requires full-day attendance for classroom and webinar sessions

4. Content and Focus:

   – TVA Occupational Safety Training: Provides a broad overview of various safety topics based on extensive training experience.

   – Occupational Safety Card Training: Follows a standardized curriculum set by the Center of Occupational Safety, with a strong focus on shared workplace safety and compliance with specific industry requirements.

5. Mandatory Nature:

   Both aim to provide solid basic knowledge on occupational safety. Client determines what type of training they require. 

Choosing the Right Course

When deciding between TVA Occupational Safety Training and Occupational Safety Card Training, consider the following factors:

– Employer Requirements: If you work for or plan to work for a large industrial company, the Occupational Safety Card may or may not be required. 

– Time and Flexibility: If you need training quickly and want a more flexible schedule, the TVA Occupational Safety Training’s eLearning format may be more suitable. There is no need to assemble a group and training can begin right away after purchase.

– Content Relevance: Consider which course content aligns better with your job responsibilities and the specific safety protocols of your workplace.

– Industry Standards: For those in industries with stringent safety requirements, the Occupational Safety Card Training provides a recognized standard that may be beneficial for career advancement.

Conclusion

Both TVA Occupational Safety Training and Occupational Safety Card Training play important roles in promoting workplace safety. By understanding the differences in duration, certification, flexibility, content, and industry recognition, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your career goals and employer expectations. Investing in the right training not only enhances your safety knowledge but also contributes to a safer, more compliant workplace.

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