A new worker is an individual who is new to the work place and not just necessarily new to the company in general. It can also include an employee who has previously worked at the site, but has been absent for a period of time. It is critically important for both the employee and the company that orientation guidelines are developed, implemented and fully understood.

This process might begin with the worker knowing what his hours are. If shift work is involved, then the employee should be given a hard copy of the shift schedule. If he is required to clock in and out either by time machine or sign in, then the proper format for doing this should begin the orientation.

Who to Answer to

All employees must know who their immediate supervisor is. This is the person responsible for them on the work site. They need to know exactly where they can be in contact with the supervisor throughout the day, and also have a contact number for off hours. When an employee goes through an orientation, the employee should be provided with a list of all of the appropriate contacts they might need throughout the course of their employment. Most importantly, the list should include the contact information for direct supervisors, HR department, worker compensation, etc..

Rights and Responsibilities Orientation

The employee must be made aware of what their responsibilities are in their work performance. They have to undergo a general orientation regarding the company’s health and safety policy. In addition to this is a specific orientation that pertains to the specific work site or location where the individual will be working. If this changes, then a new orientation ought to be provided.

Hazard Awareness

The worker should be informed if there are any specific dangers or hazards at a particular job site or in the type of work they are performing. Hazard communication is an area in which many companies and organizations struggle. All workers, new workers in particular, ought to be made aware of and understand the inherent risks associated with their particular job task or work site. There should be a safety communication program in place to ensure that all workers have easy access to safety materials such as MSDS sheets, emergency planning etc.. The worker should be made aware of this and fully understand it.

Stand Alone Work

If an employee is working in an isolated location or on location by themselves, they need to be brought up to date as to what the policies and procedures are. It is important that they know what to do in the case of an emergency.

Protective Equipment

It is imperative that all new employees understand that the appropriate safety equipment is mandatory. They must know where to access equipment when it is required or, if necessary, at the beginning of their shift, and where to return it at the end of the work day. Employees should also know how to maintain PPE appropriately if it is kept in their possession through day to day operations. They must be fully trained in the proper use of appropriate equipment, and must understand that it necessary that they comply with its use.

First Aid Kit and Emergency Protocol

Every employee must know where the nearest emergency first aid kit is, and what the procedures are for a medical emergency. It is up to the employer to see that there is a full orientation program in place. It is up to the worker to ensure they attend all orientation training and that they full understand it and implement it. It should be made clear to new employees which people are the designated first aiders on the job site, and should be posted somewhere for all employees to see.