Why do we do orientations?
Worker training is a key element of any Health and Safety Management System. Employers must communicate with workers so that they understand that health and safety are considered an important part of the work process, and they are aware of how to do their jobs safely. Well trained and competent workers not only perform their jobs safely but are more productive.
Orientation (sometimes called an induction) is the process of introducing new, inexperienced, and transferred workers to the organization, their supervisors, co-workers, work areas, and jobs, and especially to health and safety. Providing training and extra assistance during the initial period of employment is critical, regardless of the age of the employee, as they are not familiar with the hazards of the job or the workplace.
During this phase, each worker develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are necessary to work in a safe and healthy manner. While training (or refresher training) is always important, orientations should always be provided when employees are:
- transferred to jobs or work areas they are unfamiliar with
- returning from an extended period away from work
- who are new to the work force