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Health and Safety induction should normally be performed in the first week of employment. Managers/supervisors must ensure that new staff are aware of general University OH&S issues as well as hazards specific to their work areas. Responsibilities of managers/supervisors are outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety induction standard.
The following sample checklist/questionnaire summarises the issues that should be covered in a health and safety induction. These may be adapted for use in your area.
Your manager and/or supervisor will provide an introduction to the local work area and the requirements of the position. A generic induction program for general staff (72 KB) is available to assist supervisors and new staff with local induction.
In addition to the support provided by your manager/supervisor, it is recommended that new staff are matched with a peer support person (i.e. a 'buddy') who will be able to assist with settling in during the crucial first few weeks, and can help ensure that new staff are not isolated. Note that a peer support person can be particularly useful when supervisors are located on a different campus to new staff.
Should you have any questions during the course of your induction you should discuss these with your supervisor and/or peer support person.
In order to provide a thorough understanding of School or Faculty specific issues, it is recommended that a number of School or Faculty staff members are involved in providing the local induction program for new members of academic staff.
A local induction program for academic staff (78 KB) is provided. This program contains a suggested list of Faculty staff that may be involved in the orientation of new academic staff. This list will help to ensure that new academics quickly become familiar with School and Faculty goals, the particular research strengths and partnership opportunities available etc.