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.
Follow these four steps to give your employees the best safety induction training possible without wasting time...
Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps
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 Induction Training 101 CD here
. Get a facilitator to go through each part of it with them.
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
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.
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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.
The good news is, you can find everything you need to follow these four steps in Induction Training 101
. It contains training manuals, questionnaires and the answers you need to give your new employees the best safety induction