The Importance of Training New Starts
For any business, one of the most important things that can be managed is the understanding of your staff and how they perceive their role within the firm. It's always important to take these things into account and make sure that all the new staff that joins your ranks is going to be reliable when it comes to following health and safety protocol.
It might not seem hugely important at the moment, but managing this kind of project is vital to keeping your business safe and secure for years to come. To get there, though, you need to be prepared to go through some rather challenging aspects of managing a business.
For example, you will need to take each new member of staff and thoroughly drill them on the importance of health and safety. Make no mistake, the difference between understanding health and safety and claiming to understand it could be the difference between your premises being in profit, or being burnt to the ground.
The training available to new starters is varied, and will depend to a great extent upon their previous level of health and safety training and experience in the industry. Whilst everybody who starts will need to undergo induction safety training to some extent - being made aware of issues such as where the emergency exits are and what the fire alarm sounds like for instance - those with little to no previous knowledge or health and safety training should undertake a NEBOSH General Certificate or an IOSH Working Safely course which will provide an overview of the main hazards to be found in a typical organisation. For those with many new starters, this training can be provided in-house and made bespoke to the exact nature and working practices of your business.
Therefore, it's vital to get every member of staff that you possibly can learning through regular and consistent healthy and safety training. If they are new to the company, this can really pay off in the long-term as you'll help them get to grips with what they want to do, and where they want to go with the company.
Health and safety can help you save massive sums of money in the long-term along with other benefits, as well as making sure that you have all the help that you could possibly need in getting to grips with the overall system you are dealing with. To make sure that all of your staff are trained and can be trusted to be on the premises, we recommend that you try asking them the following;
- How would they deal with a specific hazard? Depending on your industry you will be at risk of certain problems more than others. Make sure they can tell you a modern, secure and smart way to handle this problem and avoid the issues that come with being negligent when it comes to health and safety training
- What are the emergency procedures that need to be followed?
- Where is the key equipment stored for anything that could be dealt with i.e. a fire?
Your staff need to understand the vital nature of dealing with risks and hazards, otherwise they might damage the company in some capacity, whether to physical buildings/stock or to reputation and brand name. To avoid this problem, then, you really need to work with your new staff to make sure they fit in with the health and safety first ethos of your business. This is very important, and can be the deciding factor in keeping your business successful.