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Give your employees this guide during health and safety induction training to help them recognise risks

by , 30 January 2015
One of the aims of health and safety induction training is to teach new employees to recognise risks. This is vital because it helps employees avoid accidents in the future.

But how can you give your employees this training in such a short time? After all, your health and safety induction training can't take weeks.

It's easy!

Simply give your employees this simple guide. It will help them recognise any major hazards so they can keep themselves safe...

 

Your employees must use this guide to recognise work hazards after their health and safety induction training

Hazards are anything that can harm your employees. 
 
The first step in recognising them is to inspect their work areas to identify everything that could cause accidents. 
 
You need to train your employees on how to do this. This is essential for ensuring his work area is safe. 
 
To help your employees recognise hazards and risks, tell them to use this guide during their health and safety induction training:
 
Where do you work?
- A building;
- Office; 
- Yard; 
- Driveway; 
- Tanks; 
- Roof; 
- Ladders; 
- Delivery van; 
- Exits; 
- Stairs; 
- Fire station; or 
- Rubbish dump.
What are the risks of the where you work?
 
Depending on the environment your employees work in, the risks will change and so will the risk level. For example, working in an office has a much lower risk level than a construction site.
 
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Do you know what your OHSA duties are as an employer?
 
Do your employees know what their duties are?
 
 
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What moving objects are there?
- Forklifts; 
- Conveyors; 
- Blades; 
- Vehicles;
- Boxes; or
- People.
What are the risks of the moving parts you work with?
 
What substances do you work with?
- Paints; 
- Solvents; 
- Degreasers; 
- Petrol; 
- Inks; 
- Toner; 
- Oils; 
- Plastics; 
- Acids;
- Pesticides; 
- Gases;
- Waste; or 
- Cleaning agents. 
What are the risks connected to the substance you work with?
 
What equipment do you use 
- Machines; 
- Lathes;
- Saws;
- Hoists; 
- Electrical; 
- Also consider radiation, noise, maintenance, repairs, personal protective clothing; and
- Other equipment.
What are the risks connected to the equipment you work with?
 
How and where do you do your work?
- Open air; 
- Confined spaces; 
- Closed room; or 
- Lifting. 
What are the risks connected to the how and where you work?
 
The way you do things – What is your:
- System of work? 
- Process at work?
- The way you work?
What are the risks connected to the way you work?
 
Cleaning, maintenance and repairs 
- The way you dispose of rubbish; or
- Your procedure for dealing with spills 
What are the risks connected to the way you deal with these processes?
 
When you give your employees this guide, give them a space to write down notes about the hazards they identify under each question.
 
Go through this guide and show your employees how to use it to recognise the risks and hazards in their workplace.
 
This is an important part of health and safety induction training because it will help your employees see which hazards put them in danger.
 
You also need to carefully training them on what to do when they spot these hazards during the health and safety induction training. The ready-to-use training manual in Induction Training 101 covers this topic in more detail. 
 


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