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Health and Safety Orientation for New Workers

In my last post we talked about young workers or any new worker for that matter being at higher risk for having an accident at work.  Did you know new workers are 24% more likely to be injured on the job than other more experienced workers, especially in the first few days of employment?  All new employees need to know about their health and safety responsibilities, legislation, job related hazards, and how to work safety.

Every workplace has hazards.  It is important for new workers to gain knowledge of their workplace rights under health and safety legislation, understand the role of health and safety programs within a workplace, and learn how to identify job-related hazards in order to work safely.  Preparing for emergencies and knowing who to ask when there are questions are also important aspects of new employee orientation.

When an employer implements Policies and Procedures for Health and Safety in their workplace and takes the time to train all new employees to handle these specific hazards, the chances of avoiding a lost time accident are drastically minimized.

I have posted below a sample checklist as an easy reference for you.  I hope this will make new employee orientation an easy and pleasant experience for everyone.  Not to mention helping prepare your new employee for safe integration into your operations.

New Worker Orientation Checklist

What procedures does your company have for new employee orientation? 

Will everyone go home healthy and happy at the end  of the day?

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Remember   –   Think Safety…Work Safely

Dedicated to helping you on your Health & Safety Journey,

Sandra McDonald- Souter
Health & Safety Trainer & Consultant

Due Diligence and Occupational Health and Safety

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Safety is a journey…not a destination.” Regulations change and the types of activities we perform in our businesses change.  Reviewing and updating health & safety policies and procedures regularly is very important in staying compliant.

My hope for starting this blog is to raise awareness for business owners and/or Health and Safety Co-ordinators, about the ongoing challenges of occupational health and safety, the importance of staying current with regulations, answering your questions and encouraging dialog.

I will write/blog regularly to talk about the changes as they take place and the many different activities that need to be considered for maintaining safety in the workplace.

We often get customers asking questions on how the regulations in the MOL “Green Book” and the CSA Regulations affect their businesses specifically and what they need to do to comply with the regulations.

Owner “due diligence” is the first step in creating a safe and healthy work environment for your employees. Developing Health & Safety policies and procedures and working with your JHSC (Joint Health & Safety Committee), lets employees know what boundaries are there for their protection. 

At the end of the day employees want to go home to their families and we as small business owners want healthy, happy, productive workers.

I hope the articles and links posted here in future articles will help clarify your Health & Safety questions and will help in some way in preventing accidents in your workplace.

Dedicated to helping you on your Health & Safety Journey,

Sandra McDonald- Souter Health & Safety Trainer

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