Q: Is safety training or orientation needed for temporary workers?
A: When an employer hires workers from a temp agency, both the temp agency and the employer are responsible for documenting that the employees were trained to understand and avoid all potential hazards at the employer's site.
Q: Who conducts the safety orientation?
A: Employer representatives at a recent OSHA outreach meeting in Connecticut offered some advice for conducting employee orientation/training:
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Q: What types of topics should be covered for safety orientation?
A: During the orientation period, introduce new workers to all the basic safety information that applies to their work areas, such as:
Q: How is the effectiveness of an orientation program evaluated and improved??
A: Orientation programs can be updated and refined by reviewing accident near-miss reports. Near-miss reports offer early warning signs of new or recurrent hazards in the workplace that must be corrected before someone gets hurt or equipment is damaged. The evaluation of illness and injury reports is also a catalyst for changes in safety orientation and training programs.
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Q: What types of safety orientation are there?
A: Orientation can involve several levels of new employee involvement, from awareness information to formal training programs. Awareness orientation/training informs employees about a potential hazard in the workplace and their role in responding to the hazard, even though they are not directly exposed to the hazard. For example, "affected" employees can be told about locks and tags for electrical systems without being trained on how to implement the lockout/tagout program.
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