Essential Components of “New Starter” Health & Safety Induction Training in a High-Risk Environment.

Health and safety induction training is a critical process for new starters in any workplace, but it is especially crucial in high-risk environments such as construction sites, manufacturing plants, or chemical processing facilities.

The training needs to ensure that new employees are aware of potential hazards and they know what constitutes working safely.

Here are the key elements that need to be covered in such training.

Introduction to Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

New starters must be introduced to the company’s health and safety policies and procedures. This includes an overview of the company’s commitment to maintaining a safe working environment, the responsibilities of employers and employees, and the importance of adhering to safety regulations. Employees need to know where to find the health and safety policy documents and who to contact if they have any health and safety concerns.

Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification

Understanding how to identify hazards and assess risks is fundamental in a high-risk environment. New employees should be trained on how to recognize potential hazards in their specific work area and the general workplace. This includes physical hazards (such as machinery, heights, or noise), chemical hazards (exposure to toxic substances), and biological hazards (potential exposure to harmful microorganisms)

Emergency Procedures

New starters must be familiarised with the emergency procedures relevant to their workplace. This includes understanding the emergency/fire evacuation plan, knowing the locations of emergency exits and assembly points, and being aware of the alarm systems. Training should also cover specific emergency scenarios such as chemical spills, equipment malfunctions, and first aid responses, including the location of first aid kits and the identification of trained first aid personnel.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is often a critical component in high-risk environments. New employees should receive detailed instructions on the types of PPE required for their role, including helmets, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection, and respiratory equipment. Training should cover how to correctly use, maintain, and store PPE, as well as understanding its limitations.

Safe Work Practices and Procedures

Employees must be trained in the specific safe work practices and procedures relevant to their roles. This includes manual handling techniques to prevent injuries, safe operation of machinery and tools, proper use of chemicals and hazardous substances, and protocols for working at heights or in confined spaces. Emphasis should be placed on following safe systems of work, RAMS and standard operating procedures (SOPs) and recognising the importance of reporting any unsafe conditions or practices.

Reporting Incidents and Near Misses

A culture of safety requires that all incidents and near misses are reported and investigated. New starters must be instructed on the proper channels for reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe conditions. This includes completing incident report forms and understanding the investigation process aimed at preventing future occurrences.

Health and Safety Training – Continuous professional Development (CPD)

Induction training should outline the ongoing nature of health and safety education. New employees need to know about additional training sessions, refresher courses, and the requirement to stay updated with any changes in health and safety regulations. They should be encouraged to participate actively in safety meetings and drills.


Company-Specific Hazards

Finally, it is crucial to address any specific hazards that are unique to the company’s operations. This could include specialised machinery, hazardous production processes, or environmental factors unique to the workplace. Tailored training ensures that new starters are fully prepared for the specific risks they will encounter.


Comprehensive health and safety induction training is vital in high-risk environments to protect new starters and ensure they contribute to a safe workplace. By covering these

key areas, employers can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and create a culture of safety and vigilance.

How we can help

In the UK, Health and Safety law demands that Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that employees receive adequate training to perform their jobs safely and effectively. Induction of new employees to your working environment is the most critical stage to ensure their safety and subsequent development.

We can provide advice, guidance, support and training in all aspects of Health & Safety requirements in the workplace including:

  • Health and Safety Induction Training
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid & MHFA
  • Working at Height
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous Substances (COSHH)
  • Hazard Identification/Risk Assessment.
  • Electrical Safety
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Asbestos awareness
  • Confined spaces
  • Display Screen Equipment

These training courses maybe of specific interest to you:

CITB Health & Safety Awareness – 1 day

IOSH Working Safely – 1 day

ECITB CCNSG Safety Passport – 2 day

Risk Assessment – 1 day

Emergency First Aid at Work – 1 day

First Aid for Mental Health – 1 day

Fire Marshal – 1 day

Confined Spaces Awareness – 1 day

Working at Height – 1 day

Slinger/Signaller – 1 day

Please take advantage of our free initial consultation and talk to us now. Call 0844 335 6433. If we can help – we will.