A new year means new employees: Give them this health and safety training before they start to keep them safe

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 12 Jan. 2015

Tags: safety induction training, induction training, induction safety training, health and safety training

If you hired new employees you need to take steps to protect them.

After all, newcomers to your workplace won’t know what your safety procedures are. They won’t be familiar with your workplace risks. And they won’t know what to do if they have an accident.

Because of this, you have to give them the information they need to stay safe before they start work.
So how do you do this?

Give them induction training course…


Give your new employees this training before they start work

Induction safety training is a very important part of introducing new employees to your workplace. This training must teach your employees all about your health and safety procedures. 
This training makes sure all your permanent and contracted employees know how to behave and what to do to be safe at work.
It also helps new employees understand what the law and your company require of them regarding health and safety.
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Here’s how to conduct successful safety induction training

To train your new employees on your health and safety produces, appoint a facilitator to work with them. 
Give all your new employees a copy of your induction training manual. The facilitator must then go through the manual with them and explain everything. 
After that, give your new employees questionnaires. This will contain questions on your safety procedures and other content from your training manual. 
When you mark these questions, you’ll see what your new employees understood from the training session. 
If the employees get really low scores, do another training session with them. It’s important they fully understand every aspect of your health and safety programme. Check out Induction Training 101 for a training manual, questionnaire and the answers you need to conduct effective induction training.
But, it’s important to remember that safety induction training isn’t just for new employees. 

Three other types of employees you should include in your safety induction training

#1: Employees who return to work after a long absence (like maternity leave) need retraining. This must cover  all your health and safety policies in case you introduced new procedures while they were away.
#2: Employees who moved into different roles need retraining just in case they're not familiar with new procedures.
#3: External contractors who work on your site need training on health and safety policies. This makes sure they're aware of your company's rules. But most importantly, it will protect you from any unnecessary COID claims if there are any accidents on site.
If you don’t take this training seriously, your employees might not know what to do to keep themselves safe. 
This will lead to more accidents and injuries. And cause your productivity to drop and your company to lose money. 
So rather give your employees the best induction training possible to avoid all this. 

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