By Ethan Davis
The Business Owner or Manager should provide safety training to all newly hired employees. Each new employee will be given a copy of the safety manual.
1. General safety orientation containing information common to all employees should be reviewed, before be-ginning their regular job duties. Recommendations include (at a minimum):
Review the Safety Manual, with extra time spent on: accident and hazard reporting procedures, emergency procedures, first aid, and special emphasis programs which are included within this program.
Encourage and motivate employee involvement in safety. Make each employee accountable for their safety and the safety of their coworkers.
Review any known workplace hazards.
Conduct training on any topics that are not scheduled to be addressed within a reasonable timeframe and are relevant to the employee’s job.
Job-specific training provided before performing the task should include:
Specific safety rules, procedures, hazards, and special emphasis programs (Chemical Handling Proce-dures/Hazard Communication Program, Personal Protective Equipment, Smoking Policy, Violence Preven-tion Program, Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Program, Fleet Safety) that will impact them as they com-plete their job with the organization.
Identify employee’s and employer’s responsibilities.
Continual training should be provided to new hires. Each new hire should be assigned to work with an experi-enced employee for at least 6 months. The senior employee should act as a mentor and ensure that the new employee is working safely and exhibits a positive safe attitude.
The Business Owner or Manager should complete the New Employee Safety Checklist for each new employee during their safety training.