Health and safety for apprentices

Every apprentice should feel safe and happy in their working environment. You should never be put in a dangerous situation or be asked to do something potentially risky without proper training.

When anyone starts a new job there will always be things they don’t know about the workplace. If you are unsure of something ask.

There are many laws in place to ensure employers operate a safe workplace and keep their staff informed of any hazards involved in the job. In addition trade unions have special representatives called Health and Safety representatives whose role is to support and advice on safe working environment.

The Health and Safety training you receive will be very different from job to job. You will be told about potential dangers in the workplace and instructed how to complete potentially hazardous tasks.

If you are doing such a task for the first time you should do so under the guidance of your supervisor.

Health and safety checklist

Item Description
Risk assessment Risk assessment of the workplace
Induction Induction training, part of which will cover Health and Safety
Supervision Supervisors should be trained to supervise young people and apprentices
Training Health and safety training is an integral part of your apprenticeship
Protective equipment Your employer will provide and pay for appropriate protective clothing.

Your apprenticeship induction will cover the information to keep you safe. You should also have access to other materials such as handbooks and guides to operate machinery or using hazardous substances. Part of the process of keeping you safe might be keeping notes and recording work done.

Learning about health and safety is often an ongoing process and you may be required to do further training during your apprenticeship.

By law your employer must do a full risk assessment to identify any potential hazards. This information is available to all staff and is designed to prevent accidents.

You may also be required to wear special protective clothing which they will provide and pay for.

If in doubt on any of the issues covered above you can discuss the issue with your trade union representative who will take up issues on your behalf.