New Employee Safety Orientation

Orientation is the process of introducing a new employee to the workplace, work area, co-workers, job, policy, and the culture of the organization. Safety orientation is part of the company’s management system. This phase gives knowledge and skills to a new employee so that he/she may work in a safe and comfortable manner. This extra assistance and training is critical. According to OSHA, new hires are more exposed to workplace hazards, have a higher accident rate, and are more prone to injuries than more experienced workers. Effective training of new employees helps the professional growth and productivity of the organization. The workplace safety program aims to create an accident free and safe working environment. New employee orientation should include all safety training, reporting of unsafe condition, reporting near misses, and always making safety a priority.

  1. Safety Orientation Includes:
  • Safety policies and specific safety rules must be explained to new employees.
  • Necessary compliance, environmental safety, training procedure should be provided.
  • New employees must be trained and educated on the company safety program by a safety specialist.
  • A tour of the facility and explanation of the hazards and associated safe work procedures.
  • Identification of the storage and food and beverage permitted room.
  • Identification of MSDS location.
  • A review of the company emergency evacuation plan.
  • A review of the PPE program.
  • A review of the reporting procedure for accidents and injuries.
  • A list of the names, phone numbers, and fax numbers of the people who must be contacted in emergency situations.
  • Location of first aid equipment and emergency equipment (i.e. eye wash station).
  • Location of emergency evacuation routes.
  • Name of the designated first aid trained employee.
  • Name of the safety committee representative.
  • Rules for smoking and the indoor air quality policy.
  • Records of New Employee Safety Orientation must be kept.