Not just essential, but highly necessary safety and security training, and in many cases today, it has been legislated that you do so. It has been legislated that you put yourself and your staff members through a bout of Hazmat training. This will also depend hugely on what type of business you are conducting. If you are running an industrial processing, wholesaling or manufacturing hub, it is quite likely that your business will be earmarked.
This is also dependent on what type of materials is being handled on your premises. So, if there are any toxic or bio-hazardous materials on your premises, you can rest assured that a state or federal inspector may just put your name down for training. If you do not need to attend Hazmat training, other forms of training or shorter programs may be recommended to you. In any case, if you are a responsible business owner, you should never wait for someone to tell you that this is what needs to be done.
Your premises need to be safeguarded. By doing so, you are protecting your own material interests. Your reputation is also secured when others are safe in the knowledge that you have made provision for their safety on your premises. This is not to suggest that one must wait for an incident to occur in order to bear this out, because no-one would wish critical situations or disasters on the other. But at least, be prepared.
Those of you who feel pressured by time and logistics need not worry any longer, because most of the government approved training workshops can now be attended online. Once all online training, short or long form workshops, is officially completed, you and your staff will be rewarded with certification.