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Compliance…What Does it Really Mean?




Next time someone states that your training must be compliant, ask them to reference what they are saying, along with pointing out the consequences should you fail to be compliant.


Compliance is a term frequently used in various professional settings, particularly in training regarding regulatory context.


When training providers, managers, and inspectors insist that your training must be legally compliant, they are underpinning the necessity to adhere to certain standards, laws, and regulations that govern your industry.


However, understanding what compliance truly means and how it applies to your organisation can be nuanced, especially when there is no clear regulatory framework.


In its broadest sense, compliance means conforming to a set of rules, standards, or laws.


In a professional context it refers to adhering to regulations set by governing bodies, industry standards, and internal policies.


When it comes to training, compliance means ensuring that your training meets all legal and regulatory requirements relevant to your industry.


This could involve:

- Adhering to occupational safety and health standards

- Following industry-specific regulations

- Legal requirements for Certification and Licensing


In these cases training must be designed to meet these legal standards and compliance is non-negotiable.


However, what happens when there is no explicit regulation mandating compliance?


Then the onus is on the organisation to ensure that training is effective and comprehensive.


This can be achieved by:

- Conduct a risk review

- Developing internal standards

- Benchmarking

- Continuous improvement


Why are internal risk reviews crucial towards evidencing quality standards?


In the absence of regulatory mandates, internal risk reviews become crucial in that they identify gaps, mitigate risk, enhance safety and build a culture of compliance.


Compliance in training is essential for ensuring that organisations operate within legal and ethical boundaries.


When regulations are clear and explicit, organisations must strictly adhere to them.


However, in the absence of such regulations, it is up to each organisation to conduct thorough risk reviews and establish robust quality standards.


In doing so, training will not only be legally compliant but also effective in mitigating risks and promoting a safe and productive work environment.



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