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Employees without proper safety inductions tend to have a higher tendency for negligence or non-adherence to health and safety regulations. Moreover, these workers are also prone to injuries and fatalities because of misinformation or inadequate knowledge to properly deal with hazards in the workplace. Therefore, Induction Training in health and safety is imperative and our latest article will take a look at everything you need to know about induction training, including the legal duties behind it and what it should cover.

What is Induction Training?

A health and safety induction is conducted to welcome new employees to the organisation and to prepare them for their new role and their duties. The induction also ensures that employees are informed about the organisation and they are aware of their work as well as responsibilities. The induction acts as a starting point for a company to introduce their culture of health and safety and the induction must provide clear instructions and information to the employee. Your employees need to be aware on how to carry out their job role safely without risks to benefit all.

However, a health and safety induction should not be reserved strictly for ’employees’. All individuals who will be working under the employer’s control and direction, including agency workers and independent contractors, must have been given information on any health and safety risks to which they might be exposed, and the measures that must be adopted to minimise or control these risks. Anyone new to the workplace will not be familiar with the working environment, and may be inexperienced, so it is important that they are briefed on the safety systems that have been put in place and how they can help.

Legal requirements

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974, employers must provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their employees while at work. Further, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 identify certain situations where health and safety training is particularly important, including when an employee starts work. This health and safety policy sets an approach for safety and describes how you as an employer will manage it in your business.

What should it cover?

For safety induction training to be meaningful, it needs to address specific issues that employees will encounter in their work environment. The content should include task-specific and current hazards, rather than generic hazards. Below are some of the common safety induction topics that can be covered during a safety induction training session:

  • A walkthrough and overview of the company premises highlighting health and safety risks.
  • Main points of contact
  • Hazards and risks in your workplace
  • Special equipment, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), which may require additional training
  • Safe work practices
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid and other emergency contacts.

Employees responsibility

Employees also have responsibilities under health and safety law to:

  • Take care of their own health and safety and that of others
  • Co-operate with you to help you comply with health and safety legislation
  • Follow any instructions or health and safety training you provide
  • Tell you about any work situations that present a serious and imminent risk
  • Let you know about any other failings they identify in your health and safety arrangements

We can create and deliver bespoke company induction processes to your organisation’s exact requirements in a group format or on a one-to-one basis. For further information on Induction Training in health and safety, please contact us here.

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