Orientation: A healthy start to training

|CHRR, Guide to Training & Development|Last Updated: 11/22/2002

The first few days on the job are a daunting prospect for a new hire. Employees are excited and nervous about a fresh start and health and safety is the last thing on their minds.

But HR needs to ensure health and safety makes it to the top of the list because the initial period of employment is critical. During this phase, workers develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to work successfully. Many workers are killed or injured every year because they don’t know about workplace hazards.

While every staff member is a potential victim, particular attention should be paid to workers who are: