According to research from Toronto-based Institute for Work & Health, employees in their first month at a new job are 3 times more likely to be injured on the job than workers who have been at their jobs for longer than a year.
While the research doesn’t explain why new employees are at such high risk for injury, experts have speculated. Some point out that new employees are performing unfamiliar tasks, some of which are dangerous. Others suggest that new employees may be hesitant to ask questions because they want to appear competent and instill their new employers with confidence in them. Still others say that new employees are unfamiliar with the equipment and work conditions and possibly overwhelmed by the sheer number of details they must learn in a short amount of time.
Whatever the reason for this increased risk, employers should evaluate their work health and safety inductions to minimise danger to new employees.
In this post, we’re going to examine common mistakes made during inductions that, if corrected, could help your new employees to be safer at work.
1. Skimming Over Health and Safety Policies
In many cases, work has been piling up during the hiring period, and you’d like to get your new employee working yesterday. But resist the urge to skim over health and safety policies during your inductions in an effort to save time. Why?
Inductions are a key point at which you can instill positive safety habits in your employees. These habits lead to a healthy culture of safety, so help your new employees to realise that their safety is important to you. You can do this by taking time to thoroughly explain your policies and answer any questions that arise.
2. Being Disorganised
You have a lot of ground to cover in your work health and safety inductions, and it’s all too easy to forget some of the information. Organisation is the key to making sure you cover all essential information.
The most effective method we know of for remembering everything you need to cover in your inductions it to use an employee induction checklist. Our Vault Intel Check App allows you to build interactive digital checklists, so you can create induction checklists for different positions and different employees.
The app allows you to streamline you inductions by assigning categories to each item. Therefore, you don’t waste time going over information that won’t be useful to an employee, but you’ll be sure to cover the essentials for the new employee’s position.
Since the app is available on mobile devices, you won’t have to worry about printing out sheets of paper and losing hard copies. You’ll have everything in electronic format, including topics like emergency procedures, evacuation instructions, assembly locations, safe work practices, first aid, protective equipment, and risks inherent to your workplace.
3. Allowing Your Inductions to Become Out of Date
If you look back a couple of years, you’ll see that things have changed at your workplace. You’ve acquired some new equipment. Your products and services may have changed. Employees have come and go, and you may have even expanded your work space. Have you changed your work health and safety inductions to keep up with the changes? If not, you could be putting your new employees at risk.
You can keep your inductions up to date and gain valuable insight into their effectiveness by creating a feedback request form to send to new employees a few months after the induction. By that time, they will be familiar with operations, the workplace, and procedures, and they can let you know if there’s additional information you should include in your inductions.
You can use Vault software for the surveys. Our software makes the surveys easy to complete for your employees, and you’ll receive information that will help you to improve your inductions and start valuable conversations about your workplace’s safety.
By avoiding these three mistakes, you can thoroughly perform work health and safety inductions for your new employees and create a culture of safety at your workplace. Simplify your induction process by using Vault software and apps to create and review your inductions and to make sure you cover every important topic.
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