|Documentation: The Reality of the Situation.
Many great minds throughout history have pondered the purpose of existence and the meaning of reality. The deep, thought provoking musings from the great minds of humanity give us cause to consider and reflect on the intricacies of life and question the purpose of reality if not existence itself. What does it mean to exist? How do we define what is and what is not? Deep questions indeed, tackled by the likes of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and their like since ancient times and to no avail. We still question how to prove unequivocally that something exists and it appears there is no clear answer at hand.
Fortunately, for powered mobile equipment employers using the IVES Training System, proving that equipment operator training exists is a snap because their IVES Certified Trainers provide them with the only acceptable evidence that training occurred and therefore exists: documentation!
Thorough, accurate documentation of operator training is the employer’s shield against the slings and arrows of those who would question it. Inspiring thought, wonder and questions are the wonderful work of philosophers and good on them for giving us all plenty to chew on there. However, when it comes to regulatory and/or legal authorities inspecting, investigating and just doing what they do, the goal is to shut that right down and inspire in them no reason for thought or wonder and especially, questions. Solid documentation is going to do that so make sure it gets completed accurately and filed properly as soon as possible after a training program.
I’m not sure if any of the great philosophers had anything quotable to say about documentation but here’s a couple worthwhile snippets from unknown sources that you may find helpful:
If it aint written down, it didn’t happen.
Here’s an easy cross reference to help you make sure that the right documentation gets to where it needs to be in order to serve its purpose.
This document is only available to IVES Certified Trainers such as myself.