Worker Instruction and Training
Employers must provide workers with information, instruction, training, and supervision so they can carry out their work safely.
- When hiring, specify the requirements of the job if it will involve working at heights.
- Inform workers of relevant hazards.
- Post your risk assessment checklist and fall protection plan, and any subsequent amendments.
- Instruct and train workers in rescue procedures, fall protection methods, and equipment use.
- Document crew talks, training programs, and rehearsals, including attendance.
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Supervisors or crew chiefs must discuss fall protection at the first crew meeting.
- Inform workers where the risk assessment (and fall protection plan, if there is one) is posted before working at heights begins.
- Address the safety aspects of the work and the technical requirements, particularly when the task involves unusual or unwieldy equipment.
With the new crew, discuss fall protection and other health and safety issues in an orientation before they begin work. Introduce them to their worker health and safety representative.
Young and New Workers
Employers must ensure that young and new workers are given health and safety orientation and training specific to their work before beginning work.
Young worker — “Any worker who is under 25 years of age.”
New worker — “Any worker who is new to the workplace, returning to a workplace where the hazards in that workplace have changed during the worker’s absence, affected by a change in the hazards of a workplace, or relocated to a new workplace if the hazards in that workplace are different from the hazards in the worker’s previous workplace.”
Employers must document orientation and training of new and young workers. Actsafe has a sample form available in the publication Orientation for Young and New Workers.
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Tips for effective orientation and training
- Set the tone by providing a clean, safe work environment.
- Stress safety over productivity. Productivity will come as new employees learn.
- Encourage questions.
- Don’t assume anything is common sense.
- Evaluate and assess the safety of equipment that young or new workers might be required to operate.
- Ensure that young and new workers are appropriately supervised.
- Involve supervisors and experienced workers in orientation and training.