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What is a Safety Induction and why do you need one?

A safety induction is the first step to engaging your contractors, employees and visitors regarding working safely on site, in the workplace. It's typically made up of a series of steps around performing a job role safely by properly going through safety training, a site tour, hazards in the workplace to be aware of, collecting important licenses and certifications as evidence of training and being tested on their competency.

Many organisations create a safety induction for all their staff and contractors to complete as part of engaging new starters before they start working in the role. A good safety induction will provide the groundwork and foundations for working safely in the organisation, protecting both the employee and their coworkers. It will cover important safety topics such as confined spaces, hazards to be aware of, how to report an incident, how to act and behave in the workplace and among your coworkers, what to do when something goes wrong, understanding important safety policies and procedures and getting an acknowledgement that the staff member has actually read and understood these areas.

13 Common Safety Induction Topics

A common set of safety induction topics includes:
- working in confined spaces
- understanding and awareness of specific hazards
- working at heights
- electrical safety
- fire safety
- emergency procedures
- medical kit locations
- evacuation locations
- bullying and harassment policies
- code of conduct
- how to report an incident or hazard
- local hospital contacts
- local emergency services contacts


What happens when you don't do a safety induction?

For any site, project or workplace, when you skip this important stage of engaging a new staff member, supplier, contractor or visitor, the results can be catastrophic.

- increased risk of injury or even death
- higher incident reports and workers comp claims
- higher risk of contractors conducting unsafe and unchecked work on site
- contractors performing tasks they shouldn't be
- contractors accessing the site in ways they shouldn't be
- people working on site that shouldn't be
- staff performing roles they shouldn't be risking injury
- staff getting hurt by hazards when they could have been warned about them through the safety induction
- emergencies happening and staff not knowing what to do
- staff seeing an incident or near miss and not reporting it
- staff encountering a new hazard and not reporting it


In short, a safety induction is a major safety and risk reduction measure that every organisation should take seriously and ensure all staff, contractors and visitors have completed.

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