Why is a Health and Safety Induction Important?
Everyone that works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. You must provide clear instructions, information and adequate training for your employees. Consider how much training is necessary. A proportionate approach is needed for example, a low risk business would not need lengthy technical training. Providing simple information or instructions is likely to be sufficient.
Don’t forget, contractors and self-employed staff! Who may be working for you it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure everyone has the right information on: –
- Site hazards and risks.
- What measures are in place to deal with those hazards and risks.
- How to follow emergency procedures.
Some employees may have specific training needs. New recruits need basic induction training in how to work safely, including arrangements for first aid, fire and evacuation. People changing jobs or taking on extra responsibilities need to know about any new health and safety implications.
Young employees, contractors and site visitors are particularly vulnerable to accidents and you need to pay particular attention to their needs, so their training should be a priority. It is also important that these groups are adequately supervised. Employee representatives or safety representatives will require training that reflects their responsibilities. It is important to note that some people’s skills may need updating via refresher training.
Things to consider…
Your risk assessment should identify any further training needs associated with specific risks. If you have identified danger areas in your workplace, you must ensure that your workforce and site visitors receive adequate instruction and training on the precautions they must take before entering them.
You need to think about any legal requirements for specific job training e.g. operating forklift trucks. Remember that if you introduce new equipment, technology or changes to working practices/systems, your employees will need to know about any new health and safety implications.
Employees also have responsibility under health and safety law to:
- Take care of their own health and safety and that of others.
- Cooperate with you to help 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.
Most employers have turned to Online Inductions to help safely and efficiently induct their workforce.
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Edited by: – Sarah Lond