Safety induction training for new employees

When you hire new employees you need to start their health and safety training immediately.

This training is important because it shows them how to work safely.

This might sound like a massive and time consuming task but, the truth is, you can do it all in one day.

Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps

Follow these four steps to give your employees the best safety induction training possible without wasting time

Step 1: Go through your health and safety induction training manual

Give all your new employees a copy of your safety induction training manual. Don't have one? Get the tailor made Introduction to Health and Safety here. They must cover all your procedures and rules in detail to make sure your new employees understand what they must do to keep themselves safe.

Make sure you include these ten points in your safety induction training:

  1. Employee safety responsibilities;
  2. Employer safety responsibilities;
  3. General safety rules. (For example, when they must wear PPE);
  4. Housekeeping duties;
  5. Fire safety procedures;
  6. Emergency procedures;
  7. How to report accidents;
  8. Who to report to if they identify a hazard;
  9. Safety procedures for using machines; and
  10. What to do if they get sick at work.
Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps continued

Step 2: Assess your employees understanding of your induction training

Give them a questionnaire that covers the safety procedures you looked at during their training and tell them to answer everything on the questionnaire as best they can. This way you can see what they understand after the training.

For example, ask them:

  1. Who must you report to if there's an accident?
  2. What must you do if there's a fire?
  3. Who are the first aiders you can go to if you hurt yourself?
  4. When must you wear your PPE?

Step 3: Go through the answers of the questionnaire with them

Discuss the answers with your new employees. If they got an answer wrong, give them a chance to ask questions and figure out what they didn't understand.

For example, if they don't understand your emergency procedures, let them ask you questions and go through each step with them again.

Use this process to see which areas your new employees really don't understand.

Step 4: Do observation training

If you can see what your new employees really don't understand, arrange observation training to cover these areas.

For example, if they don't understand your machinery safety procedures, arrange a demonstration for them. They can watch someone else work with a machine, following your safety procedures.

Make sure they have someone with them such as a supervisor or your health and safety representative.

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