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Published March 26th, 2020

Safety Induction: Getting Started

A safety induction is conducted to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role. It ensures workers are fully informed about the organization and are aware of their work and responsibilities. It serves as a starting point for an organization to introduce a culture of safety in the workplace. This articles covers the importance of conducting safety inductions, effective tips on how to carry them out, common topics to cover and free induction checklists to help you implement effective safety inductions in your workplace using iAuditor.

Why Conduct a Safety Induction?

Employees without proper safety inductions tend to have a higher tendency for negligence or non-adherence to health and safety regulations. Moreover, these workers are also prone to injuries and fatalities because of misinformation or inadequate knowledge to properly deal with hazards in the workplace.

A proper site or safety induction can help your workplace achieve the following:

  • Promote a safe working environment for all employees.
  • Help employees understand the values and behavior of the workplace culture.
  • Ensure adequate knowledge of emergency procedures such as emergency exits, evacuation instructions and assembly points.
  • Proper training on first aid and emergency protocols.
  • Proper equipment handling.
  • Understanding of critical government rules and regulations.
  • Help employees transition smoothly to the organization and adjust to the new role.
  • Workers know their work responsibilities and limitations.
  • Employees are educated about company policies against bullying, harassment, and other critical policies.
  • Employees rights and benefits are in place.
  • Drive improvement in productivity and quality of work.

12 Tips for an Effective Safety Induction

The following tips and methods can help you conduct more effective safety inductions in your workplace:

  1. Set aside some time to do the induction. It may be done individually or with a new group of workers before reporting to work.
  2. Find a good location away from noise and distraction.
  3. Don’t rush it or try to spin it out, set an even pace.
  4. Make eye contact and ensure that everyone can hear you.
  5. Grab attention early on
  6. Be mindful of literacy and make sure that the workers understand what is required.
  7. Be confident but avoid confrontation
  8. Keep it simple. Be careful to ensure the messages you are sending are understood by the participants.
  9. Explain employees work requirements and safety directions
  10. Stress prevention and give examples of ignition sources.
  11. Keep a record of content and attendees
  12. Use a mobile inspection app to keep track of induction steps and record-keeping

Common Safety Induction Topics

The following is a list of common topics to cover in any workplace health and safety inductions. A mobile checklist can help remind you of the steps required follow and ensure consistency across your organization.

  • Hazards and risks in your workplace
  • Special equipment, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), which may require additional training
  • Safe work practices
  • Work health and safety legislation
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid and other emergency contacts.


Sare Hawes

SafetyCulture staff writer