What Health and Safety advice do I need to give new starters?

Debbie AnstisPosted 1 May 2018 By Debbie Anstis, Health & Safety Consultant In Health & Safety

A new starter presents an ideal opportunity to lay the foundations of good H&S practices for your company, which will last throughout their career within your organisation.

How to you manage that process if you have no systems in place?

The answer is to plan and make the induction and training process manageable.

Before the employee starts, decide what training they require to complete their role. Does this mean professional qualifications, on the job training, mentoring or just familiarisation with your working environment? Once you have made that decision, decide how the training will take place and who will be responsible, ensure those carrying out the tuition understand your expectations of learning for the new employee.

Once a plan has been formulated, divide into manageable units and record. This record will help you work with the new employee and evidence that they have received the training they need to complete the tasks expected of them.

On the new employee's first day, always carry out a practical familiarisation which should include
    • Explaining your fire procedures (fire wardens, assembly points, exits and what to do in an emergency)
    • Who your first aiders are and what to do if they have an accident
    • Risks associated with your business and industry e.g. lone working, manual handling
    • Housekeeping and your expectations
    • Use of computers and breaks required
    • Smoking arrangements off site

Once basic familiarisation is completed, provide them with a copy of your H&S policy, fire plan and risk assessments relevant to their role. Ensure they sign to confirm that they have received and understood your H&S information.

After this initial induction, training can start within their department. This again should be recorded even if just is a simple diary format. Any investment in training you do now, will ensure that new staff understand how important good health and safety is to you as a company!

To discuss this or anything else please contact Debbie Anstis on 01793 818300 or send her an email.


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