- To train staff, contractors and visitors on safety information consistently.
- To provide a simple and easy to use format that benefits on and off site workers.
- To provide training in an engaging format, making safety topics more interesting and inspiring.
- To help manage dangerous risks and hazards which are often hard to show or describe in words.
- Video is a format that can used continuously, saving time and money on other methods of training.
- Induction training helps reduce risks and exposure to harm.
- A high quality training programme improves morale and supports a positive safety culture.
Evidence suggests that people are most at risk when they first enter a new environment or workplace as they are unfamiliar with their surroundings. Induction training helps reduce this risk and exposes them to the culture of the organisation.
It is important that health and safety induction training concentrates on the key information for the site. Content to consider could include:
- Emergency procedures and evacuation.
- Site layout and safe zones
- Key personnel
- Site risks and hazards
- Job specific safety
The content should include what is expected of new employees and what the are likely to encounter within the early days of working within a new organisation. Health and safety training should be integrated within all general induction material so it’s clear that safety is a top priority for that organisation.
How to make health and safety induction training engaging.
The best training is delivered in small bitesize pieces of information. That way individual can absorb the main key points and retain what they have learnt. It’s important that individuals are not overloaded with too much information so induction programmes should be short or broken down into smaller topics. Using a variety of mixed media from film to animation will keep the content interesting. The use of storytelling, demonstrations and reconstructions are a good format to consider to keep participants entertained.