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Site Specific Safety Inductions

Workers and other people at the workplace, including visitors, should be given workplace specific induction training before work starts or before they enter an operational construction zone. This will inform people about the hazards and risks they may face at the workplace, how the risks are controlled and what to do in an emergency.

What information should be provided at site induction?

Workplace specific inductions will vary depending on the type of construction work and the construction phase a project is going through at the time a person comes to the workplace.

For example, at a less complex workplace like a single house site, a workplace-specific induction could include a short pre-start induction video and/or on the job training. For a large and complex civil or commercial workplace a more detailed induction would be required, for example, to explain the emergency response and evacuation processes.

How should a workplace induction be carried out?

The way an induction can be delivered will depend on various factors, for example, the number of people being inducted, the size of the workplace and the complexity of the work health and safety matters to be discussed. Induction training can be delivered through the following ways:

  • On the job training
  • Toolbox talks
  • Induction video or booklet
  • Email or a phone conversation
  • Web-based ‘online’ interactive programs e.g. skype
  • One-off session in a classroom type setting

Where there are unusual risks associated with the workplace, for example, restricted workplace access or steep terrain issues, a person who is familiar with the workplace and its risks should be involved in delivering the training. The induction training should be adapted to address potential cultural or language barriers.