This article is by RoSPA and is reproduced courtesy of Safety Groups UK.
Organisations should provide training to people who are new to the organisation, new to a particular part of that organisation or to identify major changes that have been made within the organisation to employees. This form of training is referred to as induction training.
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. This is important, since the first impressions that people have of an organisation will shape their subsequent attitudes and behaviour.
This topic advises on what should be included in induction training, as well as the planning, methods and evaluation of the induction.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide adequate health and safety training when an employee is recruited to an organisation. This is in addition to other legal requirements for health and safety training.
The health and safety aspect of induction training generally presents information at three levels:
general information regarding health and safety in the organisation
local health and safety information, such as fire arrangements, names of fire wardens and first aiders, etc
job-specific information as is necessary to allow the person to begin working safely.
An employer’s duty to provide information to employees extends to employees on fixed-term contracts, employees of other employers, and the self-employed working within the employer’s undertaking.
Methods of induction training often include one-to one or small group-based training, tours of the work site, e-Learning modules and printed information.
Last reviewed 25 August 2021
This article by RoSPA is reproduced courtesy of Safety Groups UK.
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