Instruction and training

What will this do for my organisation?

Your employees will understand how to do their job in a way that does not put themselves or their colleagues, at risk.

What do I need to do?

The law says you must clearly instruct and train your employees in their duties and provide the necessary level of supervision.

This training needs to take place during working hours and must not be paid for by employees.

Bear in mind that some workers may have particular needs – they may be new to the workplace or perhaps they are taking on extra responsibilities.

You should keep records so you can see when the training needs to be repeated.

Self employed people and contractors will need to be given information and comprehensive instruction about the risks in the workplace. Make sure each self employed person and contractor knows who to talk to if they have concerns about health and safety issues. You may also need to provide training and supervision so that they can carry out their duties without putting themselves or your employees at risk.

How can you do it?

You need to show your commitment so that your employees recognise the importance of training. You may also need to appoint someone competent to conduct the training for you.

Supervision is particularly vital when workers are new, inexperienced or young. Even experienced workers can become complacent and take shortcuts.

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