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Induction Manual


Looking to develop an induction manual for new risk analysts. This would be something that they would work through with their manager over a 20 week period. Would welcome any advice on what to include (health and safety, general information etc.) and any ideas for structure. at the moment i am thinking first day, first week, etc. if anyone would be prepared to let me see a copy of anything they currently use i would be very grateful.
Vivienne Holmes

3 Responses

  1. Assess Learning / Understanding
    Unfortunatley I have no manual that I would be able to loan, however I have worked on staff handbooks, induction programmes and manuals in the past and have one word of experiencial advice.

    If the manual is designed to meet the legislative needs which exist for employers (for example, health and safety) you must ASSESS the individuals learning to prove that they have understood.

    The manual alone (a bit like having a policy) is not sufficient evidence that training has taken place, and therefore you would be well prepared to include questions regularly for people to work through.

    This could be ‘marked’ (reviewed for want of a better word) with the persons manager, or perhaps a trainer / development officer, someone responsible for development where the manager might not be appropriate. This might need to be assessed on an individual basis!

    You might also benefit hugely from dovetailing this type of learning with other more traditional forms such as a training course / workshop which helps to reinforce company values, history, customer service, etc. whilst reinforcing the learning that should have taken place.

    Don’t forget – not everyone learns well from reading, in fact most people require ‘having a go’ to get the most from any learning experience. Try to bring your training ALIVE!!!

    If I can help with any other thoughts feel free to contact me. Good luck…

  2. Health & safety during induction
    Will you need to be aware of the barriers to learning in this context? For example, if they have been employed previously by other companies in the UK they are very likely to have previously had similar training about UK legislation. How will you avoid the “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” attitude? Also, another reason for some people being dismissive is the perception that health & safety is “just common sense”.

  3. Induction Course
    I am at present building an on line induction course for the group.
    MS Powerpoint auto content wizard was of great help in giving me ideas of content.
    It is simple and to the point.


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