Safety and the New Employee
A new employee’s first few days on the job are a crucial time for conveying essential safety information and establishing a proper orientation to workplace safety.
During that time, someone—either your safety staff, the new employee’s supervisor, or an experienced employee appointed by the supervisor—must:
- Reinforce the message about the organization’s commitment to safety.
- Explain your accident prevention programs.
- Talk about hazard reporting procedures and the need to report hazards spotted anywhere in the facility, not just the employee’s own work area
- Discuss personal protective equipment (PPE) selection, inspection, and use requirements.
- Talk about safety signage and other information that helps keep workers safe.
- Discuss in more detail safety policies, rules, and procedures related to the new worker’s job.
- Preview upcoming training and talk about training schedules.
- Encourage and answer any questions new hires have about their safety on the job.
How to get involved. Do you have a safety committee? A suggestion box? Let workers know that safety is important in your workplace, and encourage them to get involved.