Are You Training Employees to Spot Potential Hazards?


When someone starts a new job, they have a lot of information thrown at them very quickly. Not only must they meet their co-workers, learn the norms of the company and learn new tasks, but they must also stay safe. Spotting potential hazards is the first step in training employees to stay safe on the job, but a lot of companies struggle to make this happen.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of occupational injuries that required time off were suffered by workers who had less than one year of experience with their company. Training employees to spot workplace hazards lays the foundation for a safe workplace, and can help employees glean greater satisfaction from their jobs.

Developing Strong Hazard Safety Training

Training is absolutely essential when it comes to keeping new employees working safely on the job. Don’t mistake a few hours during orientation as adequate training. Training is ongoing and requires a variety of strategies including a mentoring system, supervising new employees on tasks until new employees have them down pat, and revisiting key information during regular safety meetings.

A mix of hands-on training and classroom-style training are important because everyone learns differently. However, most people learn best when they do, rather than when they see. However, all hazard prevention training programs should include:

  • Hazard assessments
  • Site-specific information that identifies common hazards and expected hazards
  • The process for reporting a potential hazard
  • The process for reporting injuries
  • The proper use of personal protective equipment
  • An overview of employee rights defined by OSHA, including the right to refuse unsafe work
  • Emergency procedures

It is advisable to avoid assigning new employees tasks that require long training or exposure to serious hazards until they have demonstrated a strong grasp of the basics of your workplace. Green employees should begin in low-risk situations and only advance to higher-risk tasks when they are ready.

Hazard Training is Not a One-Time Event

Making hazard identification, protection and reporting a priority requires reinforcement. This means first and foremost, that new employees must see veteran employees, supervisors and leaders as safety stewards who value safe working conditions for themselves and their colleagues.

Supervisors should also revisit hazard training weekly during a new employee’s probationary period to track progress and reinforce strong safety practices.

What About Temporary Staff?

Hazard training gets a little more complicated when you regularly hire temporary employees. It is rare for short-term workers to receive the same in-depth training as full-time staff, but poorly trained temps can put the entire floor at risk.

At DHR Staffing in Houston, safety is always a priority when we recruit for our clients and we are well-recognized as an industry leader when it comes to training our workers on safety. Don’t let new hires or temporary staff put your team at risk. Contact the industrial recruiting experts at DHR Staffing today to learn how we can keep you fully staffed, with an eye for safety.

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