Training and Capacitation in the Prevention of Workplace Accidents

March 4, 2011
Training and Capacitation in the Prevention of Workplace Accidents

Capacitation is the learning process through which individuals improve their professional or technical skills, while training isunderstood as the teaching of abilities and skills. Capacitation and training have as their purpose the improvement of the generalperformance of labor. Capacitation has fallen upon the employer as an obligation and has been converted into an importantfactor of productivity. Its importance is such that the Mexican Constitution establishes an obligation on employers, in whateverthe activity may be, to provide its employees with the capacitation or training in the workplace. The Mexican Federal Labor Law(Ley Federal del Trabajo) itself contains detailed regulations for complying with this obligation, which among other purposesseeks to prevent workplace accidents. In order to comply with this obligation, employers are required to form within theiroperations missed commissions of capacitation and training that oversee the correct implementation and operation of the trainingsystem, as well as procedures that must be implemented in order to improve capacitation and training of employees. Thesecommissions, based on their mixed character must be made up of equal numbers of representatives of the employer and theemployees, who are required to meet in order to ensure compliance with and development of company capacitation and trainingprogram. The proper application of such regulation, in addition to raising productivity and improving professional and technicalcareer formation, may serve to free the employer of various legal liabilities.

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