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Keep your new employees safe by including these seven procedures in your safety induction training

by , 26 January 2015
You must give new employees health and safety induction training when they start.

This teaches them what they need to do to work safely and what you expect from them. Without this training, they won't know how to be safe at work and they'll probably hurt themselves.

This could affect company productivity costing you valuable time and money.

But for your training to be effective, you need to include your most important safety procedures.

Read on to find out the seven most important procedures you must include ...

Make your safety induction training effective by including these seven procedures

  1. Machine safety procedures
List the steps employees must take before they start working on a machine. For example, they must:
  • Put on their PPE;
  • Check all the safety equipment is in place;
  • Start up the machine and check it's working properly; and
  • Check the area around the machine is clear.
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  1. PPE procedures
Show new employees where you keep PPE. Show them when they must wear the different pieces of PPE.
Explain that they must never:
  • Misuse their PPE;
  • Take it home;
  • Leave it lying around;
  • Lose it; or
  • Share it.
Also tell them they must put it back in the storage lockers every night.
  1. Emergency procedures
Take new employees through your emergency drill. Explain your evacuation procedure and show them where your emergency exits are.
Take them to the emergency assembly point so they know where to go if there's an emergency.
  1. Chemical safety procedures
If your employees work with chemicals, they must:
  • Put on their PPE before working with them;
  • Move the chemicals to a safe work area;
  • Make sure the work area is clear of other employees (If not, these employees must wear their PPE);
  • Open the chemical container using the correct tools;
  • Use the correct tools to use the chemicals; and
  • Handle them with care.
  1. Accident procedures
If there's an accident, employees must:
  • Report it to their supervisor (give them the name of their supervisor);
  • Help clear the scene if they can;
  • Alert the first aiders; and
  • Stay near the scene to give a full report to the investigation team if they need to.
  1. First aid procedures
If your employees need minor first aid, they must:
  • Report to the first aiders (give their names);
  • Wait for the first aider to bring the first aid kit; and
  • Sign the first aid log.
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  1. Day-to-day safety procedures
On a normal day, your employee must:
  • Collect his PPE from his storage locker and sign it out;
  • Go to the general meeting for a safety briefing;
  • Report any safety issues to the supervisor or health and safety representative;
  • Move to their work positions to start work.
Your new employees need to understand these seven procedures after their safety induction training. To make sure they do, ask them to fill in a questionnaire on the procedures.
But that's not all you need. You can find a copy of the complete training manual, in Induction Training 101

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