Orientation for New Workers

Train new workers on their health and safety rights and responsibilities

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Designed for both young and new workers, this guide will provide new workers with an overview of their health and safety rights and responsibilities, hazard recognition, hazard control, preparing for emergencies, occupational health and safety programs and who to contact for additional help.

It is designed to be both a guide for new workers, as well as a tool that employers can use as part of their workplace-specific orientation training program. This 184-page guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


This is a guide for new workers plus a tool that employers can use as part of their workplace-specific training program. Orientation for New Workers will provide both workers and employers with an overview of:

  • The three fundamental rights of workers in health and safety legislation
  • General duties of employers and workers
  • Six basic types of workplace hazards
  • How workplace hazards are controlled and steps workers can take to protect themselves
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • Basic elements for an occupational health and safety program
  • Who to ask for help with health and safety matters


New workers will learn about potential hazards that they may encounter in the workplace and how they can help protect themselves and co-workers. The guide offers examples and practice scenarios. While this guide is meant to be used by all workers, not all situations discussed will apply to all workers or workplaces. During job-specific training, employers should highlight which parts of the guide apply.

Target Audience

This guide is written for new employees. The term new implies several groups, including

  • workers who are new to the organization (of any age)
  • all young workers under the age of 25
  • people whom have transferred from another department within the organization

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