Induction training is a key process in the management of any workplace risks and the control of hazards, within various industries. There is evidence to suggest that people are most at risk when entering a new work environment, possibly starting a new role also, with new skills to learn and companies that have a structured new employee induction processes are more likely to have higher productivity within the workforce. Therefore, providing a company induction process ensures all legal requirements are met within health and safety.
Incorporating safety into the induction of new hires not only helps them understand how to do work safely but also ensures they take safety seriously. Every organisation, large or small, should have a well-considered induction that provides a new employee with a positive experience of the organisation. New employees are particularly prone to accidents and ill health from work-related activity, especially if they are young and inexperienced, and it’s essential to protecting new employees from harm.
The benefits of a company induction can include:-
- Legal compliance: providing a safety induction for every worker on site is required
- Accident reduction: properly trained workers are less likely to make mistakes
- Increased employee confidence: workers who know what they are doing perform more confidently
- More efficient workers: employees familiar with correct procedures can follow them more quickly and with less assistance
- Enhanced company image: it is expected that a professional company will provide a proper safety induction
The legal part
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. Failure to do so may lead to criminal prosecution and a substantial fine.
Many companies carry out induction training for new operatives on their first day of work, to discuss and impart information not always covered during interview stage, with a tour of the workplace. It is here that very often the rule book will be issued, with its finer details explained for clarity and understanding. Points covered during induction might include:
- Site evacuation procedure and assembly points
- Risks associated with the employee’s working environment and duties
- Fire precautions and location of firefighting equipment
- Safe manual handling and use of specific equipment and machinery
- Accident and near miss reporting
- The use of personal protective equipment
- Welfare arrangements
Encourage inductees to ask questions and let them know who they should contact if they think of any further questions or have any concerns after the induction.
Providing induction training to employees will help set safety standards in the workplace, raise awareness of hazards, and help staff manage those risks.
Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy can create a bespoke company induction process specific to your requirements so please contact us here for more information on this and any other health and safety requirements.