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Basic Training For New Employees

Statistics reveal that workers are the most susceptible to injuries during their first month on the job. This is an excellent reason to give new employees basic safety training as soon as they come under your supervision, and your new employees also need to know how serious safety training is right from the start.

Before assigning tasks to new employees immediately, take the time to welcome them into your business properly. Walk them around the workplace and introduce them to their co-workers, and encourage existing employees to help newer employees feel at ease.

New employees will try harder to do things right in the beginning and you need them to feel at ease enough to ask questions and not be so anxious about their performance that they make mistakes or have accidents.

It is critical that you establish safety expectations with new employees from their commencement, you need to reinforce the need for caution, awareness and appropriate PPE for each task. Emphasise that all unsafe conditions, accidents and near misses must be reported immediately. Show them what equipment they can and cannot operate without your authorisation.

A checklist is recommended to ensure you provide consistent instruction on each of the specific safety practices or requirements you need to cover with your new employees. Some of these could include:

  • the proper safety practices to use
  • the hazards to be aware of within your workplace
  • identify risks throughout the organisation and ensure continuing compliance with your WHS policy
  • what to do if there is an accident or injury
  • how to report incidents and emergencies
  • how to care for, store and use personal protective equipment
  • how to use tools, machinery, or hazardous processes
  • housekeeping and personal hygiene rules
  • the location of emergency equipment, first aid assistance and other safety equipment
  • the employees legislative responsibilities

By conducting new employee safety training, new employees can see how concerned you are about incident prevention and will be encouraged to suggest ways to improve their safety.

Make sure you schedule a follow up meeting a few days after the initial orientation. This follow up will allow you to check if the new employee understands and is using safe work practices. It will also provide an opportunity for new employees to ask any questions they may have.

Remember, your business will also benefit by initiating thorough and comprehensive induction and safety programs. These programs can help keep employee morale high, reduce incident rates, reduce employee turnover rates, increase employee engagement and increase productivity and profitability.

Articles are intended to provide commentary and general advice only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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