Your safety onboarding program says a lot about your organization and the importance it gives to safety. Make sure your new hires are getting the right message.
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 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.
What Message Are Your New Hires Getting?
Your safety orientation program and the importance you give to safety generally say a lot about the importance of safety in your workplace. And remember—even if they don’t say so, the majority of new employees are deeply concerned about their safety on the job.
A study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago reported that 85 percent of American workers rank job safety as a number-one priority.
Consider the ways you show new hires how important safety is in your workplace. For example:
- Does top management play a visible role in workplace safety, supporting and facilitating safety programs and initiatives?
- Does your organization integrate safe work practices with other job expectations?
- Is safety performance evaluated as part of an employee’s overall job performance?
- Do you promote an employee-driven safety culture that listens to and acts on employees’ safety suggestions and concerns?
- Do you have an active and empowered safety committee?
- Do you maintain a clean and orderly workplace and create a comfortable environment for employees to work in?
- Do supervisors enforce safety rules consistently?
Do You Emphasize Training?
Make sure your new hires—and all your employees—get the right message about workplace safety with a strong and consistent training program. Safety Training Presentations gets you off to a good start with 25 core PowerPoint® safety presentations, each one responsive to either an OSHA training requirement or to common causes of workplace accidents. All are customizable, so you can add your specific hazards or safety policies.
Each lesson also includes completion certificates, sign-in sheets, evaluation forms, and training records. In short, it contains everything you need to motivate, reinforce, retain, and transfer new knowledge—and document that you did so.
Safety Training Presentation topics covered include:
—Portable Power Tool Safety
—Forklift Operator Safety
—Confined Space Safety
Of course, training needs change as OSHA introduces new requirements or as new work practices and technologies bring new hazards. To cover this, you receive a new CD every 90 days you’re in the program, each containing five additional or updated topics.
Just as important for those on a budget (and who isn’t these days?), the cost of these presentations works out to under $20 each.
We’ve arranged for Advisor subscribers to get a no-cost, no-obligation look at Safety Training Presentations for 30 days. Feel free to try a few lessons with your own trainees. Please let us know, and we’ll be glad to set it up.