An effective induction program will ensure that young workers are introduced to the workplace safely. Almost half of all young workers that were injured are in their first year of work. Queensland clubs could consider using the text below as an introduction to their policy and section on young and new workers.
As a new worker, you’re probably full of nerves and excitement. You’re probably eager to fit in and impress your new boss and workmates, too. There’s a lot to learn when you start a new job. Chances are your workplace will feel a little strange and different. It’s often difficult trying to remember everyone’s name — let alone what they do and where they fit in the workplace. Maybe there are tools, equipment and chemicals you’re not familiar with. Perhaps you’re unsure exactly how to do your work tasks, and you haven’t had any training or information yet.
You may also be reluctant to ask questions or raise any concerns you might have about workplace health and safety. After all, you don’t want to look like a troublemaker or like you can’t do your job.
All these factors can actually put you and your co-workers at a greater risk of suffering injury or illness at work.
Introducing an effective induction program gives you the chance to change any negative attitudes to workplace health and safety that may exist from a new worker’s previous employment or experiences. It’s an opportunity to instil a positive attitude towards workplace health and safety.