Health and safety induction and training instruction

Instruction statement

RMIT recognises the importance of providing occupational health and safety information, instruction and training to all staff to enable them to work in a safe and healthy manner

The purpose of this instruction is to outline the responsibilities at RMIT University for the:

  • Identification of occupational health and safety training needs;
  • Development and delivery of occupational health and safety training;
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of this training;
  • Maintenance of records of the training; and
  • Health and Safety induction of staff.



Instruction steps and actions

Health and safety training is an integral part of RMIT’s occupational health and safety management system. Through training, managers and staff are provided with information on their roles and responsibilities and RMIT’s health and safety policies and procedures.


It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure that all new staff receive:

1. A general health and safety induction as detailed in the RMIT Induction procedure when commencing work at RMIT.

RMIT’s online Health and safety induction has been designed to include the following:

  • Employer/employee duties under occupational health and safety legislation;
  • The structure at RMIT for occupational health and safety;
  • RMIT’s Issue Resolution procedure;
  • Emergency and evacuation procedures;
  • Incident reporting;
  • Hazard identification.

2. Local area induction should be carried out using the induction checklist (see Induction and probation procedure) and should include the following:

  • Local emergency procedures and introduction to fire wardens;
  • Knowledge of First aid kits and first aiders; and
  • Specific hazards associated with, but not limited to; work processes, equipment, chemicals, electrical, environmental, material and program design hazards.

Managers are then to ensure that new and transferred staff receive appropriate on the job training that includes:

  • Instruction on standard operating procedures;
  • Instruction on relevant policies and procedures;
  • Safe operation of plant, equipment, tools, machinery and appliances;
  • Safe use, handling and storage of any chemicals, hazardous substances and dangerous goods to be used;
  • Personal protective equipment or clothing to be used or worn;
  • Hazards specific to the task or area;
  • Emergency procedure.


RMIT is committed to developing, implementing and reviewing health and safety information, instructions and training that will ensure:

  • all staff understand their duties under occupational health and safety legislation;
  • all staff are familiar with their responsibilities for health and safety at RMIT and can perform their work safely and without risks to health;
  • all managers/supervisors have an understanding of and the ability to implement RMIT’s occupational health and safety policies and procedures;
  • those with specific health and safety responsibilities are given appropriate training

It is the responsibility of all Head of School/managers to ensure that all staff receive appropriate health and safety training which should include but not be limited to:

  • RMIT Online compliance modules;
  • RMIT DevelopMe; and
  • Other specific training as required in local area

All managers will ensure that staff in their school/work unit are appropriately qualified, trained and instructed to enable them to perform their tasks without risks to health and safety.

As part of RMIT’s occupational health and safety management system specific training needs have been identified.

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