The purpose of induction is to teach all new staff the contents of their jobs and the knowledge and skills to perform them competently and safely. It should therefore include essential health and safety training.

Health and safety training is that training which is required to enable staff to carry out their jobs in a safe manner. It is an essential element in complying with health and safety law and in protecting staff while they are at work.

Employers must develop suitable training programmes to meet their assessed needs. This should include essential health and safety training included in induction for new staff, and ongoing and refresher training for other staff.

This topic looks at how to plan health and safety training, what should be included in it and how to assess training needs. It also considers the different ways in which training programmes can be delivered and how to evaluate the programme once it is complete.

A separate Induction topic provides further information about the training and support of new staff.

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