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New Employee Safety Training

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Why Is Training Important?
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with less than one year of job experience represent 23 percent of the total U.S. workforce. However, these same workers represent 33 percent of total injuries, a relative difference of nearly 50 percent. Many of these injuries occur during the first days of employment. What’s more, employees under the age of 24 are two times more likely to be injured on the job than those over 25.

What Should Be Included?
Incorporating safety training into your new employee orientation varies by industry and job. At its most basic level, the safety orientation should include training on these topics:

  • The location of the emergency plan
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • What to do during a fire and inclement weather
  • How to respond to acts of violence

Beyond the basics, you need to provide specific safety training for drivers and employees operating machinery or working with hazardous materials. Regardless of your operations, be sure to document everything and require employees to sign all reviewed training documents.

EMC Training Resources
Employees may have a difficult time absorbing all this information during a single orientation, so safety training should be ongoing. EMC offers a number of free resources to help you keep safety in the forefront of your new employees’ minds.

Online training programs
Sample safety templates
On-demand safety videos