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Do this one thing if new employees still don't understand your safety procedures after their safety induction training

by , 21 January 2015
When new employees join your company, you have to train them. This health and safety training must cover more than just your day-to-day operations, it must cover your health and safety procedures.

Without this training, your new employees are in danger of serious accidents.

The trouble is, health and safety procedures can be very complicated. Your new employees might not understand them straight away even after you give them health and safety induction training.

If this is the case, they'll still be in danger when they start working, despite all your efforts.

So what should you do if your new employees still don't understand your safety procedures after induction training?

Read on to find out...

 

If your new employees don't understand your safety procedures after their safety induction training, do this

 
In this situation, conduct a second round of safety induction training. 
 
First, find out exactly what they do and don't understand after your safety induction training by making them fill in a questionnaire. 
 
This questionnaire must cover different aspects of your health and safety procedures. You can then use your new employees' answers to determine how much they understand. You can find a customisable copy of an induction training questionnaire in Induction Training 101.
 
From here plan your second round of training. 
 
Here's what you should include in this second phase.
 

Include these four elements in phase two of your safety induction training

 
1. Demonstrations
Some people understand things better when you physically show them. So take your new employees into your workplace and actually demonstrate your health and safety procedures. This way they can see what you mean. 
 
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2. Discussions
If your employees still don't understand, they might just need a chance to ask you a few questions. Give them time to sit down with you and discuss your procedures and the training. 
 
This will help your employees work through any confusion they have about your health and safety procedures. 
 
3. Observations 
Set up time where your new employees can observe your other employees at work. Make sure they have a supervisor with them to answer any questions they might have about your procedures. 
 
4. Go over the basics one more time
The last thing to do in phase two training is briefly go over the basics again. According to SheqAfrica.co.za, these are the ten basics you should revise with your new employees:
 
1. Basic safety policies and procedures;
2. Emergency procedures and equipment. Go through your emergency procedures manual with them again;
3. Hazardous work areas;
4. Which PPE they must wear;
5. How to report hazards and incidents; 
6. Where to go with questions and problems;
7. What their safety responsibilities are;
8. The additional safety training they'll need;
9. Standard health & safety information (safety signs, MSDSs, etc); and
10. Their housekeeping duties and rules.
 
Introducing this phase two safety induction training will help your new employees completely understand your health and safety procedures. 
 
PS: For everything you need to conduct effective safety induction training the first time round, check out Induction Training 101
 


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