Health and safety induction

It is very important to ensure that new members of staff are provided with appropriate information, instruction and training on the health and safety requirements for their role and workplace.

The following checklist will help to ensure the employee has a suitable health and safety induction:

Areas such as fire and first aid procedures will need to be covered on the first day. The full health and safety induction checklist and the essential health and safety training should be completed within the first month of employment.

Who should carry out health and safety induction?

The new employee's line manager is responsible for ensuring that the member of staff receives adequate health and safety induction. However, the task of going through the checklist with the new member of staff can be delegated to a competent member of the team. Staff in lower risk areas can also find out much of the information themselves by:

When planning induction programmes, it is important to allow time for the new member of staff to complete online training and read essential health and safety information.

Essential health and safety training

New members of staff must complete the following online courses as soon as possible regardless of their role:

  • Fire Safety Essentials
  • Health and Safety Essentials
  • Computer Safety Essentials
  • Managing Health and Safety Essentials* (all line managers)

*For higher risk areas managers should attend the three-day IOSH Managing Safely course, bookable through HR Organiser. Principle Investigators/Academic Supervisors in Life Sciences, CSEE, SRES, Psychology, and HSC should attend Managing Health and Safety Essentials (Faculty of Science and Health), bookable by emailing safety@essex.ac.uk

All the online 'Essentials' courses are on Moodle. Find out how to access the courses.

Principal Investigators and Academic Supervisors will also need to complete  Research Risk Assessment (bookable through HR Organiser) if responsible for research that has health and safety risks over and above those covered by the Office and Driving generic risk assessments.

Resources

All staff should have received an Employee Guide to the Health and Safety Policy with their recruitment packs. Copies are also available from HSAS.

We also have a range of information which you may find useful:

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