When managing a workforce, whether permanent workers, casual staff, contractors or on-hired workers you need to be concerned about mobilisation, talent retention and quality service delivery, while delicately balancing the need to meet and demonstrate occupational health and safety induction compliance.The New Zealand government is constantly reviewing its work health and safety (WHS) standards. The challenge for organisations will be delivering and managing appropriate work health and safety training in order to remain compliant.
WorkPro offers employers a single login from which to handle key elements of their work health and safety training requirements. With course content that aligns closely with government legislation, whilst delivering relevance to the user, WorkPro’s system is an easy way to guarantee that employees are armed with information that enables them to operate safely in the workplace.
- What do employers need to consider in their WHS induction?
When companies look to implement an online health and safety induction, there are a number of areas which will need to be covered in order to keep staff safe and ensure compliance with government regulations. Here are three of the main factors companies will need to consider:
- Industry, company, site and job-specific training
Every industry and business is different, and this has a subsequent impact on the nature of each individual’s role and the WHS issues they face.To address this, companies will need to ensure they are delivering an occupational health and safety induction that not only offers the right level of knowledge for staff but which can also be adapted to the different training they offer.
- Evidence-based recording
Every business will needs to keep accurate records of the completion of staff work health and safety training for audit and compliance purposes.The online nature of WorkPro means that records are automatically stored and available for quick and transparent reporting. The record includes the users name, courses completed, assessment information, results and expiry.The information is easily accessible for companies as part of their internal and external audit program.By storing all of the relevant information in one place, WorkPro makes it easy to track certification and completion rates across the workforce.With an incredibly secure system, organisations can also be sure that their documentation is being handled in an effective manner, through WorkPro’s automated processes.
- Convenient delivery
Modern workforces are diverse. They include permanent on-site staff, remote workers, teleworkers and contractors.
The engagement of a diverse workforce means that employers need to adjust their hiring practices in line with this change. This includes considering how best to deliver and manage required work health and safety training that suits a breadth of workers.
Delivering and managing an occupational health and safety induction to staff face-to-face may no longer be appropriate, realistic or possible.
WorkPro is web-based, and therefore able to be adapted and delivered conveniently to any worker, anywhere.
With its automatic email alerts as confirmation of completed processes, the program can be managed centrally by your company via a single login.
Monitoring for Refresher Training
It is important that any robust occupational health and safety induction program includes the ability to provide timely alerts for refresher training.
It’s therefore necessary for work health and safety training to be re-delivered at regular intervals in accordance with compliance regulations. WorkPro addresses this by sending a timely email alert to the individual, and providing a reporting capability to help you to manage those individuals whose induction is due for renewal.
How does EEO management factor into the induction process?
Inductions aren’t just important because of compliance issues. It also offers New Zealand businesses an important tool for managing responsibilities around discrimination, harassment and bullying, as well as equal employment opportunities (EEO). This area of employment is an increasingly important obligation for companies to understand and implement. Not only is it an essential part of maintaining a compliant workforce, it is also useful for building a reputation as an employer of choice. When it comes to employee inductions, including EEO management is essential. This process requires making staff aware of the EEO requirements that are placed on them as employees, as well as the legal obligations that management have towards their staff.
How can WorkPro help with employee inductions?
WorkPro are industry leaders in occupational health and safety training. By using WorkPro, companies can offer a complete system for staff, one that covers both their WHS and EEO obligations along with training that is relevant for the industry, company and position they occupy.
By using WorkPro, companies can be guaranteed they are compliant with the requirements which the New Zealand government places on organisations to mitigate safety risks.
WorkPro’s occupational health and safety inductions also have the added advantage of being synchronised with the full suite of WorkPro systems, offering companies the ability to manage their pre-employment screening and work health and safety training through a single login.
For more on how WorkPro can benefit your business, either request a free demonstration or contact us on +61 1300 975 776.