Health & Safety Orientation: What you need to do

Your worker orientation sets the tone: for you, as the employer; and for your workers New workers should always receive an orientation to health & safety in the workplace. A new worker can take many forms – newly hired, transferred, promoted, re-hired, temporary or contract employees, co-op students or apprentices, or a returning worker (for example: injury, illness, maternity leave, leaves of absence).

This Guide describes what an orientation entails.

Everyone has a part to play when it comes to orienting and training new workers

  • You have a responsibility to allocate the necessary resources to support the orientation of new workers.
  • supervisors ensure that new workers start on the right foot by giving them the right information, instruction, tools and support to do the job effectively and safely.
  • co-workers can help by welcoming new workers and showing them how health and safety comes first.
  • new workers ask questions to ensure that they understand what’s expected.