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How to comply with the law to get your health and safety induction training in place

by , 22 January 2013
Did you know that by law you're required to give your employees health and safety induction training? Doing this will ensure your employees know the rules that have been put in place to make their work environment safe. Here are the basics of health and safety induction training you must know...

There are many benefits to conducting proper induction training. It's not just about a hurried process so you can avoid being on the wrong side of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), but it's also an opportunity to create a good impression on your employees.
'A professionally organised and delivered induction training is your new employees' first proper impression of you and your organisation, so it's also an excellent opportunity to reinforce their decision to come and work for you,' says Business Balls.
What is induction training?
As an employer, you have a legal duty to provide employees with all relevant information and training relating to health and safety no matter which industry you're in.
Your employees must be aware of the hazards they're exposed to and know how safe their working environment is, says the OHSA.
By providing all the necessary training, you can also avoid potential costly Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) claims, which could be instituted if your employees aren't aware of your health and safety policies. 
Induction training isn't just a once off thing. It must be given to all new and existing employees who have changed roles, according to the OHSA.This is to ensure the risk of incidents is reduced. This also helps keep employees up to date with work place procedures.
Who must be given induction training?
1. New employees must be given induction training since they're at a greater risk of injuring themselves at work than existing staff. Health and safety training must be a priority in your employee induction training.
2. Employees who return to work after a long absence (like maternity leave) must be retrained on your health and safety policies. These employees must also be trained in case new procedures were introduced while they were away.
3. Employees who've moved into different roles must be retrained just in case they're not familiar with new procedures.
4. External contractors who work on your site must be trained on health and safety policies. This is to ensure they're aware of the company's rules when on site, but most importantly, it'll protect you from any COID claims if there are any accidents on site.
Induction training and information is vital for your employees to work safely in their environments. Your employees need to know all the work procedures to work efficiently and safely.

Get a simple, easy and effective way to conduct Induction training in your Health and Safety Training Manual 

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