- SAFETY FIRST
In the first month of a new job, your newest workers are at more than three times the risk of a lost-time injury compared to longer-term workers(1). Yet only one in five Canadian workers receive safety training in their first year of employment. Building safety into your new employee orientation establishes good work habits up front, and protects your newest workers.
- EXPERIENCE MAY NOT COUNT
Too often, employers assume that an experienced employee can do a new job without a full safety orientation. If you are counting on an employee’s experience and common sense to protect them, be careful. In fact, older employees in new roles are statistically at even greater risk than inexperienced, young workers. Even experienced workers need a thorough review of safety hazards, personal protection equipment, and other safety factors for a new job.
- ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Keep in mind that new employees have different learning styles2 and come to the job with different levels of background knowledge. Allow enough time to ensure that new workers understand the health and safety hazards in their job, how to protect themselves—and how their actions can affect the safety of others around them. Build in checks to ensure that employees understand and remember the information they need.
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1 Institute for Work and Health. iwh.on.ca/summaries/issue-briefing/newness-and-risk-of-occupational-injury
2 Linked In Learning. 2018 Workplace Learning Report: The Rise and Responsibility of Talent Development in the New Labor Market