The Champion

Safety and the New Employee

New employee safetyA 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.

Upcoming MSF Safety Workshops

June 3 –   Bozeman
June 4 –   Butte
June 5 –   Great Falls
June 9 –   Helena
June 11 – Miles City
June 12 – Billings
June 18 – Kalispell
June 19-  Missoula

Upcoming SafetyFestMT 
Butte: June 2-4, 2015
Billings: November 16-20, 2015