New employee orientation presents a safety opportunity that shouldn’t be missed! New employees suffer many more injuries than experienced workers, because they have less skill and job knowledge. Even new workers that bring years of experience from their previous jobs are not familiar with your workplace and its unique hazards. Safety orientation is a great way to get new employees onboard, shape their attitudes toward safety, and familiarize them with your policies and programs. It's also your very first chance to teach them about your company, your expectations, and the importance you place on safety. It is the perfect time to set the right tone, letting new people know you care about them and have procedures in place to keep them safe.
Logically, your orientation needs to include a healthy dose of genuine and positive safety reinforcement, as well as some basic information on:
Keep your orientation fresh and fun. Incorporate ice breakers when there is more than one employee so they can get to know their coworkers. Encourage a two-way dialogue so it is less of a lecture and more like training. Also, it is important your orientation includes specific training that emphasizes your company’s commitment to safety.
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