What do you do when new employees start work?
Do you show them to their work station, give them their tools and say off you go?
I hope not!
This isn't only extremely dangerous, it's also illegal.
Because you have to make sure your employees finish this one health and safety induction training before they start work to keep them safe and comply with the OHS Act.
If they don't, they might walk straight into a dangerous accident and suffer serious injuries because of it.
Read on to find out why it's so vital that your employees complete their safety induction training before they start work...
Your new employees must complete their health and safety induction training before they start work
Your new employees must go through and finish their safety induction
training before they can start work. Without this training, your new employees won't know how to work safely.
This training must cover all your health and safety procedures, rules and policies.
To make sure your new employees understand all of these, appoint a facilitator to go through the training manual with them.
But it's not enough for your employees to just go through this training. Yes, they'll have the required training, but will they understand it?
To ensure they do, here's what you must do after your safety induction
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Can you answer these four health and safety questions?
Do I have to give my staff refresher induction
training every year?
Do I need to give contractors induction
training every time they come on site?
Do this to make sure your new employees understand their safety induction training
To make sure your new employees understood their safety induction
training, make them fill in a questionnaire at the end.
This questionnaire will help you see what your new employee understood from your safety induction
If you see big areas where he clearly didn't understand, get the facilitator to through it with him again.
Let him ask questions to clarify anything he doesn't understand.
Here are seven examples of questions you can put in your questionnaire:
1. What do the letters 'SHE' mean?
2. Who must comply with SHE?
3. When should you report an incident?
4. What are unsafe acts?
5. What are unsafe conditions?
6. Where can you smoke at work?
7. Where can you eat at work?
You should also add specific questions about your safety procedures as well. For example:
When should you wear your PPE
2. When starting up a machine, what must you do first?
3. Who do you report to if you hurt yourself?
4. When must you use your respirator?
The questions you'll ask will depend on your company and your health and safety procedures. To make sure your training and questions cover the right topics, do a risk assessment
. This will show you what the hazards and risks in your workplace are and what new employees need to know to protect themselves from them. The Risk Assessment Toolkit
will help you do this with ease.
To make this whole process easier, you can also get your hands on a fully customisable training manual and questionnaire in Induction Training 101
. It contains everything you need to thoroughly train your new employees.