The process of introducing new, inexperienced, and transferred personnel to the company, their managers, coworkers, work locations, and jobs, especially with regard to health and safety, is known as orientation (sometimes known as an induction or ""on-boarding""). Regardless of the employee's age, it is essential to provide training and additional support during the first few months of employment as they are unfamiliar with the risks associated with the position or the workplace. Each employee gains the information, skills, and abilities needed to do their jobs in a safe and healthy manner throughout this phase. Training should always be given to employees when they are: transferred to positions or work areas they are unfamiliar with; returning to work after an extended absence; or new to the workforce. Training (or refresher training) is always vital. Not all training can or ought to be done on day one. Make sure all topics are covered, but schedule the orientation sessions to best suit the demands of the workplace and the work being done.
What does a health and safety orientation checklist look like?
A sample orientation check list is given below. Don't forget to adapt it to your job. CHECKLIST FOR EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION To Be Covered Areas Description Finished Yes No Rights in Occupational Health and Safety Describe how the three rights that occupational health and safety legislation give workers—the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse risky work—are implemented in your workplace. Business Safety Rules Describe any company-specific safety regulations. Company Guidelines Describe your company's health, safety, and wellness policies. Training Give any essential training on safety, the environment, compliance, or policies and procedures. Safety and Health Notify the health and safety expert that a new hire has joined the organization and will require safety training. Make plans for this education and training to take place. In order to execute the task or job properly, training or education may be needed in areas like housekeeping, lifting skills, material handling, safe operation of equipment, tools, etc. possible dangers Discuss connected workplace dangers and safe work practices as you tour the workspaces and the building. Ensure that you account for all potential dangers, such as those that are biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical, psychosocial (including mental health, bullying, harassment, and violence), safe, etc. Show and describe how to use emergency eyewashes, showers, first aid supplies, fire blankets, fire extinguishers, fire exits, and pull boxes for fire alarms, if necessary. Show the evacuation procedures in action. Dangerous Goods Locate the areas that are used, stored, or disposed of hazardous materials. As required, offer instruction, including WHMIS 2015. Food and Drinks Explain that only refrigerators with the clear label ""FOOD ONLY"" are allowed to store food and beverages. Hygiene Describe the significance of washing your hands before using the restroom, eating, or drinking. Have the employee fill out a notification form in case of an emergency. Send a copy to the emergency coordinator and/or human resources, and keep one for your records. WHMIS Inform people about WHMIS. Where are the Safety Data Sheets located? (SDSs). Review the SDSs for each hazardous product the employee will be using. Describe the standards for labeling dangerous products. run training for a certain job. Emergency Departure Review the company's emergency evacuation plan, explain the signals and procedures, point out the appropriate exits, and identify the branch's designated assembly spot. I.D.s (Individual Defense Equipment) (PPE) If the employee will be needed to wear protective equipment, go over the PPE program and give them information and training. Talk about the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) that should be worn depending on the work being done. In Case of Illness or Injury In the event of an injury or incident, review the reporting procedures. Show where the first aid room and kits are situated and introduce the first aid attendants. Describe how to call for first assistance if you or a coworker need it. Representative or Committee for Health and Safety Provide a copy of the facility phone list with the members or representative of the Health and Safety Committee underlined in it. Where is the safety notice board located? Describe the employee's participation in the process for health and safety (e.g., report hazards) reporting dangerous behaviors and circumstances Describe the process for reporting behaviors or circumstances that may be dangerous. Rights and obligations generally Give an explanation of the employee's legal rights and obligations. (For more information, see the section of our OSH Answers on Legislation.) Emergency Number Give a list of the people who should be notified in the event of an emergency at work, including their names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers. Document Keep a record of your orientation as well as all of your education and training. Name of Employee: Date: Signature of the Supervisor:"""