Why Initial Job Training Is A Must

September 8th, 2017 – Traditionally, a lot of effort has been used to convey the responsibility those at the supervisor level hold for the prevention of accidents in the workplace. A high priority included within supervisory responsibility is the training of new employee(s).

Often times when new employees are hired, they are given their assignment and then expected to perform efficiently and safely without adequate job orientation or instruction. The safety supervisor, or the worker’s immediate supervisor, are in the best position to give new employee(s) actual on-the-job instruction. They will be directly responsible and also have the authority to stop work if necessary. This training improves job efficiency and creates interest in the employee’s health and welfare.

Who needs training?

  • New employees with previous experience may need retraining and re-orientation.
  • Training begins when the employee is hired.

What should we teach and what procedures should the supervisor follow?

  • The supervisor’s responsibility is to instruct the worker(s) on the tasks to be done reflecting established written programs, policies and procedures. In a perfect scenario, any safety precautions should be taught by the safety supervisor, or qualified third party trainer, prior to beginning the job.
  • Specific job hazards should be pointed out in connection with each phase of the job.
  • Instructions should be given on specific safe work practices that will help the employee(s) avoid hazards.

Effective job training and safety is essential if a safe, productive and quality operation is to be maintained.


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This blog post is not intended to be exhaustive. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Content provided by our consulting partners at Integrated Loss Control.

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