Back to Basics: 10 Steps in New Hire Orientation
New hires need to be aware of how serious safety training is from the start. In your first meetings with new employees, reinforce the need for caution and appropriate protective equipment for each task. Emphasize all unsafe conditions, accidents, and near misses must be reported immediately. Show what equipment can and cannot be operated without your authorization.
Practicing the PlaysYou dont expect a football team to be out there with no concept of routes to run or how to properly tackle. Someone will get hurt, and the game will be inefficient and chaotic. The same applies for any permanent or temporary hires. During new hire orientation, make sure to cover these basics:
- Proper safety practices to use and hazards to be aware of within your department
- What to do if there is an accident or injury
- How to report emergencies
- How to report accidents and near-misses
- How to report a workers compensation injury and file a claim
- Location of material safety data sheets (MSDS)
- How to care for and use personal protective equipment (PPE)
- How to properly use tools and machinery
- What housekeeping and personal cleanup rules must be followed
- Location of emergency equipment, first-aid supplies and designated smoking areas
Staying on Top of Your GameThe value of a strong new-hire training program cannot be stressed enough. Research conducted jointly by Silk Road Technologies and the Aberdeen Group showed employers rated as best-in-class typically have onboarding processes lasting six months. That doesnt mean six months of constant new-hire training, but rather ongoing strategies to keep management in touch with new hires.
Additional data shows most employees decide within the first six months whether they will stay with an employer. This only strengthens the argument for reaching out early and often.
Source: Safety Gator, 2012
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