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Polaroid Corporation - Waltham, MA
Several regulatory agencies require companies to provide environmental training for every employee. Although regulatory agencies may have similar training requirements, each agency involves specific topics to be addressed for compliancy. In the past, Polaroid would conduct separate classes for each compliancy which required employees to spend several hours per year away from their workplace. Since the regulatory requirements overlapped from class to class, employees often sat through redundant lectures. This technique also proved costly for the company as well. To remedy the situation, Polaroid developed a consolidated approach to its safety and environmental training.
Polaroid's consolidated approach streamlined its training effort by grouping similar requirements into a package which met the criteria of several regulatory agencies at the same time. For example, one of the consolidated training packages groups the requirements for the Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) standard the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The HAZCOM, OSHA, RCRA, and DOT training package covers all necessary requirements at one time, creates a consistency in the level of understanding for the employees, and reduces the opportunity for non-compliance issues.
By consolidating regulatory training requirements, Polaroid decreased the number of training classes, reduced its employees' downtime from the workplace, and increased its employees' comprehension level. Polaroid's training program was developed on Microsoft PowerPoint, is readily available for use at various sites, and can be easily modified for specific site needs.