Implement these three levels of health and safety induction training today! It’s the only way to ensure you comply with the OHS Act

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 29 Jan. 2015

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

The OHS Act says you have to identify risks in your workplace so you can deal with or remove them.

The Act goes on to say you must give your employees health and safety induction training as part of your efforts to reduce your workplace risks.

But giving your employees one general type of induction training might not be enough to fulfil your legal requirement.

That’s why, today I’m showing you the three levels of health and safety induction training you should implement. Do it today and you can guarantee you’ll comply with the OHS Act!


Three levels of health and safety induction training you should implement in your company today

Level 1: All your new employees must do general health and safety induction training before they go on site. 
You must cover the basics of your most important procedures in this training.
This induction training addresses general health and safety risks on site. It should include your emergency plan, first aid procedures, general health and safety rules, etc. 
You also need to do regular general re-induction training for all your employees. 
There’s no specific rule about how often you must give this re-induction training. But the most industries accept an annual repeat as the standard. 
Level 2: In this type of induction training you must focus on specific departments
You must address the specific risks in the area or department and focus on the specific tasks for that department.
For example, a department that uses chemical substances to clean products, needs training on how to do this safely. 
The level of risk in each department determines how often your employees must repeat this training. The frequency of this training can be anything from three months to once a year.
Level 3: This is safety induction for visitors who come on site
Because these people don’t know your safety procedures, they’re more likely to have accidents. 
Make this training specific to what the visitor is there to do. For example, if the visitor is a mechanic coming to give you a quote for machine repairs, he’ll need to see the machine. And will need to know your safety procedures for your machine room. However, he doesn’t need to know about your chemical safety procedures. 
Here’s how to monitor how often you should repeat this training.
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Do this to track when you need to repeat your employees’ induction training

Give your employees training certificates to monitor when you need to repeat their safety induction training. Put an expiry date on the certificate so you know when their training experience expires. 
With visitors, keep a log book. Record who they are, when they last visited your site, why and what training they received. This way you can see if they need a refresher.
For a fully customisable training certificate template, check out Induction Training 101
This will guarantee you comply with the OHS Act by ensuring your employees know exactly how to protect themselves at work.

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