Work health and safety inductions

As an employer, you have a duty of care to your staff and you must make sure your workplace is safe. A key aspect of keeping your workplace safe is making sure staff understand your work health and safety policies. You must also make sure they undertake any necessary training before using potentially dangerous equipment or materials.

New staff are at greater risk of injuring themselves at work than existing staff. For this reason, work health and safety training should have a high priority in your staff induction program.

Staff returning to work after a long absence will need to revisit your work health and safety policies in case they've forgotten anything while they've been away. As well as this, you will need to train them on any new processes. Staff changing roles may also need work health and safety training if they are using equipment, materials or processes that they are unfamiliar with.

Work health and safety training must be ongoing to reduce the risk of incidents and keep all staff up to date with your processes. Find out more about keeping your workplace safe.

What to cover in a work health and safety induction

You must conduct a work health and safety induction as soon as practically possible. The induction must cover:

  • hazards and risks in your workplace
  • special equipment, such as personal protective equipment, which may require additional training
  • safe work practices
  • work health and safety legislation
  • emergency procedures:
    • emergency exits
    • evacuation instructions and assembly points
    • fire alarms and fire fighting equipment, such as extinguishers (show locations and demonstrate how they are used)
  • first aid and other emergency contacts.

You could create your own induction checklist or use the WorkSafe induction checklist (DOCX, 58KB).

When the induction is complete, get the staff members to confirm that they understood the training. Keep a record of all work health and safety training.

Find out more about work health and safety training including Health and Safety Representative and Work Health and Safety Officer training.

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