The best way to demonstrate safety as an organizational value to new hires or transferred employees is to provide a safety orientation right from the start. Doing so sets expectations for and provides a solid base for future safety performance.
You’re probably wondering what you should include in your safety orientation. The following are a few items to consider.
- A review of your safety policy and rules
- A review of specific safe work practices and procedures
- Dress requirements
- How to report injuries
- How to seek first aid
- How to report unsafe conditions, unsafe practices and near misses
- How to respond during fire and emergency situations
- Housekeeping standards
- Discussion of specific work hazards
- Use and care of personal protective equipment
- Hazardous material identification and safe use (material safety data sheet)
These are just a few examples to get you started. You should tailor the orientation to your organization’s specific procedures and areas of focus.
Remember, the orientation is strictly the beginning of the safety process for employees. It’s critical to evaluate their knowledge and understanding of safety procedures on a continual basis. This includes regular training, for example:
- Safety meetings.
- Industry updates.
- Focusing on specific safety issues.
- Explanation and training when changes in work practices occur.
If you’re looking for additional resources to bolster your orientation and ongoing training efforts, our video library also has an extensive collection of workplace safety and health videos you can borrow or stream for free.
Getting your employees started on the right foot can help them achieve safety success early on and into the future.