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Sample Worker Induction Checklist Template

Inducting new workers

As new workers start their positions in the workplace, there are a few things to consider. Firstly,
using an induction checklist is a good starting point, along with a tour of the organization; physical
locations and co-workers both inside and outside their dedicated team.

Through-out an induction, you must also give your new worker health and safety information:

  • Workplace health and safety policy and safe work procedures
  • When and how to report hazards, incidents, near misses and injuries
  • Where are health and safety representative(s), first aider(s), and fire warden(s) are located?

Use an induction checklist

An induction checklist will ensure you cover all the important information required for each new
worker in their first few days or weeks.

Make sure your new worker has the opportunity to ask any questions before signing the induction
checklist. Be aware that some workers may be nervous, keen to impress, or overwhelmed by all the
new information, so they may not ask any questions. Allow enough time to process and reach out.
Always be sure to communicate that managers, supervisors, and health and safety representatives
are available to talk to at any time, should they wish to raise any issues or discuss aspects of their
new employment in more detail.

Keep copies of the completed induction checklists, and give your workers a copy too.

Timing and mentoring

Consider spacing the induction out over a week or two, with follow-up discussions to ensure all
aspects of the induction, and anything in between has been followed up.

You might want to create a buddy system. Connect an experienced worker with the new starter to
provide additional guidance and coverage of any questions after the initial induction.

Note that new workers may require some close supervision from time to time.

Not just for new workers

When to complete an induction outside of new starters:

  • Workers returning after a long absence
  • Workers changing roles or worksites/environment
  • Contractors, visitors, and volunteers.

If you’ve never conducted inductions before, it’s worthwhile doing so with each of your existing
workers, no matter how long they’ve been with you.

What it contains

New workers must be advised of all workplace health and safety risks before they start their
position. This document provides employers with a sample checklist to manage occupational health
and safety procedures in the workplace. It contains explanations on:

  • How to check if a worker has the right skills, training, and qualifications
  • How to identify if a worker is familiar with health and safety rules, safe work method statements, and specialized equipment
  • How to check what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required
  • Explain incident reporting, security, and emergency procedures and the role of health and safety representatives

While paper-based forms are great for managing your workplace inductions, digitalizing your safety
management system can deliver a heap of benefits.

Donesafe’s powerful safety management system, with dedicated inductions, onboarding, and
training management, is suited to all industry types and facilitates the creation of a health and safety
system configured to your business requirements, a system that all employees can use.

Complete safety risk assessments, inductions, onboarding, and safe work procedures online,
anytime, anywhere, from any device. Use real-time reporting and data gathered over time to
continuously improve your workplace safety.

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