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Health and safety inductions

safety induction is conducted to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role. It ensures workers are fully informed about the business and are aware of their work and responsibilities.

It serves as a starting point for a business to introduce a culture of safety in the workplace.

Everyone who works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. You must provide clear instructions and 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 people who may be working for you and make sure everyone has the right level of information on:

  • hazards and risks they may face, if any
  • measures in place to deal with those hazards and risks, if necessary
  • how to follow any emergency procedures

Some employees may have particular training needs, for example:

  • 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 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 new, inexperienced or young employees are adequately supervised
  • employee representatives or safety representatives will require training that reflects their responsibilities
  • some people’s skills may need updating by refresher training

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 employees receive adequate instruction and training on precautions they must take before entering them.

You need to think about any legal requirements for specific job training, eg for 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 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

Health and safety induction guide

What should be included in a health and safety induction?
A typical health and safety induction programme should include the following:
  • The health and safety policy of the organisation;
  • The name of the company’s health and safety adviser;
  • Accident reporting procedures;
  • Fire arrangements;
  • First aid arrangements;
  • Location of welfare facilities;
  • Any prohibited areas
Why is health and safety induction important?

Training is a key process in the management of workplace risk and the control of workplace hazards. There is evidence to suggest that people are most at risk when first entering a new work environment; induction training helps reduce this risk and exposes them to the culture of the organisation.

Who is responsible for site induction?

t is the principal contractor’s duty under CDM to ensure that a suitable site induction is provided. Every construction project with more than one contractor must have a principal contractor appointed by the client. This contractor is in overall control of the construction site

What is a toolbox talk?

Toolbox Talk is an informal safety meeting that focuses on safety topics related to the specific job, such as workplace hazards and safe work practices. Meetings are normally short in duration and are generally conducted at the job site prior to the commencement of a job or work shift.

Why choose GR Safety Solutions for health and safety inductions?

  • Our professional health & safety consultants are available 24/7 to advise and support you on any health & safety issues.
  • We’re highly qualified to carry out your risk assessments for you
  • We can act as your competent person
  • We create health & safety policies, procedures and management systems bespoke to your business
  • We can help you achieve and promote a positive health & safety culture
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