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Chapter 17 OPERATOR INDUCTION & UPDATING

I spend many weeks per year carrying out Health & Safety Audits round the country and it is obvious that there is a large amount of ignorance, by all levels of staff, of the details of their employment and also of the basic requirements of Health & Safety.

I am inevitably drawn to the conclusion that at the start of employment and then annually thereafter it is essential to go over with staff a basic update procedure. At the start of employment this is called Induction.

At the start of the 'Induction' I would advise that you go over with them the fact that all employees are valuable and that their employer has certain responsibilities both by law and by common decency. This, it should be emphasised, also applies to them - they have a duty to comply with the employers wishes as far as the job is concerned, and not to put themselves or anyone else at risk.

EMPLOYMENT As required under the employment legislation you will, of course, have given all your employees Written Particulars of Terms of Employment. It is as well to go over the contract with them.

The information on their Contract of Employment should include: ·

Also the particular arrangement at your workplace

HEALTH & SAFETY

There are very many things now required under Health & Safety - among them are the following:

FIRE

FIRST AID

WELFARE

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RISK ASSESSMENT

EQUIPMENT

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

COSHH

ENVIRONMENT

MANUAL HANDLING

STORAGE OF CHEMICALS

FUEL

It is as well at this stage to review all the Safe Working Practices relevant to their workplace, give them copies and record that they have copies.

At this point try to tie the above into accidents which have happened to your organisation (hopefully not!!!) in the past year, and other comparable organisations. e.g. rolling of tractors down slopes, ride-on mowers flipping into bunkers, etc.

Compliment them on absence if accidents if appropriate and finish with getting feedback from them where they think the problems are for the next year and how the problems of last year can be avoided.

Keep a note of all that has been discussed and be sure to have them sign a register of attendance.

If you use the same format each year you will find that the operators will answer the questions and they will also contribute during the course of the meeting or at the end.

Please give them time to contribute - an operator who contributes and feels his opinion is valued will 'feel ownership' of the company policy and will be a better, safer worker!!!

All this is now essential both for Employment and Health & Safety Legislation. Annual updates are essential - I suggest these are programmed for March, just before the start of the season - perhaps linking it with a demonstration of new equipment being purchased and how it works - your salesman should be delighted to give them a little course on the new equipment.


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