New Employee Safety Orientation: What to Include in Your Training

New Employee Safety Orientation: What to Include in Your Training

09th July 2020

Several studies reveal that new hires are far more likely to get injured on the job as compared to experienced workers. This can be attributed to a number of reasons. For instance, new employees tend to be afraid to ask questions or express their concerns. Supervisors can also assume newbies know more than they really do. Usually, if the management doesn’t explain the hazards and the employee doesn’t ask about them, an incident might be inevitable.

Fortunately, making safety training part of every new employee’s orientation can be a very effective remedy. It helps encourage safe-mindedness from their first day on the job. You can include a copy of your safety policies and procedures in the new hire document pack. You should also stress safety features at your organisation while doing the orientation, not just showing them the changing rooms and coffee rooms.

So, what information should you include in your formal safety training for new hires? Read on for some suggestions from different experts.

  1. Lay Out the Objectives

Your orientation should clearly explain the role of the employees in organisational safety. Explain to them the fact that everyone can play an important role by identifying and reporting hazards and near-misses and by complying with the set rules and regulations.

  1. Emergency Procedures and Preparedness

Emergency procedures and preparedness are vital aspects that need to be addressed during the safety orientation. You need to review your emergency personnel contact information; location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and alarm pull boxes; evacuation plan that includes exit routes; fire marshals; and evacuation sirens and signals. The procedures may also include disruptive or violent behaviours; suspicious packages; and gas leaks or chemical spills.

  1. Workplace Hazard Communication

Safety awareness is a key aspect when it comes to reducing and stopping workplace injuries and deaths. You need to communicate where hazardous materials and substances are located during your safety orientation. Ensure to also review hazardous symbols, labelling systems, and the location and contents of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The training should emphasize the importance of proper handling and use of different hazardous materials and substances.

  1. Safety Equipment Types and Uses

Newbies can sometimes be tempted to “fool around” with equipment, an act that can easily put their safety and others in danger. During the orientation ensure to introduce the new employees to the different types of safety equipment and their uses. They should know when and how to use equipment such as safety ladders and PPE in a manner that will not jeopardise their safety.

  1. Accident/Injury Reporting Procedures

Every organisation has an established procedure and contact personnel for reporting and accidents and injuries sustained by the workers as they attend to their duties. You need to explain all these to the newbies during the orientation to ensure they’re up to date on their responsibilities.

 The Bottom Line

New employee safety orientation is very critical, regardless of the age of the worker or their previous line of work. It helps the new hires develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to work safely and healthily. Ensure to encourage the employees to ask for questions whenever they have any issues that need clarification.