You may have been working for 20 years but you could still be considered a new worker.
If you are:
- Starting your first job.
- Re-entering the workforce after an absence.
- Changing jobs or work locations, or,
- Have been with your employer for less than twelve months.
There is a lot to learn when you start a new job. You are often unfamiliar with the environment, equipment and chemicals you may be required to use.
Often, new workers do not receive sufficient information, instruction, training or supervision when they start a job - particularly regarding health and safety. This also increases the risk of injury for workers in their first year.
You should remember that a new worker is three times more likely to be injured or become ill at work than other workers.