Professional development is an integral part of any robust health and safety system. Training workers in health and safety has benefits for both the workers and the organisation.
Benefits of health and safety training
Health and safety training provides significant benefits to both management and the workers.
For the worker
Improved health of workers
Reduced workplace accidents
Reduced sick leave
More engaged workers
Increased worker performance
Better staff retention
Lower injury, illness and sick pay costs
A safe and healthy work environment
Reduced likelihood of accidents or injuries in the workplace
Increased job satisfaction
Improved sense of wellbeing
Recommendations for health and safety training for workers
Health and safety training must ensure workers can operate in the workplace in a safe manner. It should include:
the health and safety responsibilities of the board and early learning services and their workers
risk identification and management
incident recording and reporting, including near hits and misses
safe work procedures
safe use of all equipment relevant to the worker’s duties
safe use, storage and maintenance of personal protective equipment
safe use and storage of hazardous substances
role-specific training for those with health and safety responsibilities in the workplace, for example, HSRs
induction training covering health and safety
emergency procedures, including evacuation procedures and use of emergency equipment
Health and safety induction training for new staff
Induction training for new workers should:
include a full health and safety briefing on workplace hazards and safe working methods
identify and explain hazards they will be exposed to in the workplace as well as hazards they may create as they work
explain the person’s health and safety responsibilities and any reporting requirements for incidents and accidents
introduce the Health and Safety Representative, fire warden, and first aider, and explain any emergency and evacuation plans
show the location of first aid kits, Civil Defence kits, phones, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, emergency exits, emergency meeting points
explain any compulsory personal protective equipment and safety gear, and why it must be used.
WorkSafe have a short video which has been designed for use during an induction of new staff. It provides staff with a high level overview of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety. It will also help staff and management to better understand WorkSafe’s expectations about health and safety attitudes and behaviours.
WorkSafe induction video
Kia ora, welcome to your workplace, I'm Jay
Kia ora, I'm Elaine and we're both WorkSafe inspectors.
We want to make sure you and your workmates go home each day healthy and safe.
Workplace health and safety is about looking out for one another, and as inspectors,
we are here to support you as you contribute to a safer workplace.
You might think health and safety is a chore, but it's here to keep us all safe. And I want my mates to be safe.
Most people at work are healthy and safe most of the time.
But there are still too many accidents in our workplaces where people are hurt or even killed,
which could be prevented by doing some simple things.
So we're gonna take you through a few things you need to know before you start your new job.
It's your right to work in a healthy and safe environment.
That means you have the right to stop, or refuse to carry out work that is dangerous.
And if you see something that isn't safe you have a right to tell your boss or Health and Safety Representative.
You cannot get fired for reporting health and safety concerns.
To anyone starting a new job, you have as much right to speak up as anyone. We all have a right to speak up.
You have a responsibility to take care of your own health and safety which are both as important as each other.
What could have your health years down the track,
needs just as much attention as what could harm you now.
You also have a responsibility
to make sure that what you're doing is looking out for your workmate's health and safety and doesn't put them at risk.
So think of health and safety as caring for yourself and your workmates, even if the job takes five minutes.
It's also your responsibility to follow any reasonable workplace health and safety procedure as they're there to protect
you and the people around you, but you don't have to do that alone.
Your business must tell you what they are and how you're expected to manage them.
I always want my workmates to have my back, cos I've got theirs. If I'm not doing something safe, I want you to stop me.
Your employer has a responsibility to provide you with a healthy and safe environment.
That means safe tools and equipment, safe vehicles and machinery, and managing the risks of harmful substances.
Your employer must provide you with personal protective equipment when the work you do requires it. Things such as helmets and earmuffs,
overalls and face masks, unless you want to bring your own.
And again, your employer must provide you with health and safety information
and training, so that you know what the risks are and how to manage them.
I never want any of my workers to cut safety corners. If anyone around you or above you, asks that of you
I want you to feel empowered to stop, speak to a supervisor or WorkSafe. Your safety is most important.
You'll see WorkSafe inspectors around your workplace from time to time.
We're not just there to penalise you.
Know that we're there to listen to you and to help you.
Because we want to make sure you have a safe and healthy place to work.
If we do ask you to change the way you're doing something, it's because we want you to go home to your family safe and healthy
And if we ever do end up enforcing anything,
it's because someone is at risk.
So come have a chat and ask us any questions because WorkSafe is on your site for you.
So Nau Mai. Work as hard as you can to keep you and your workmates healthy and safe. And if you see anything unsafe..