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Choosing a path in the arts

It's a bit of a myth that great artists are born great. Great artists need support and development by great teachers. I am really passionate about arts education, as I think it can be too easy for people to just look at the end result and forget all of the practise and training that goes into producing a great artist. This blog is all about demystifying arts education and showing how anyone can become a better artist. It will be useful for budding artists, but also for teachers and parents looking to inspire teenagers into further art education to improve their skills.

Choosing a path in the arts

Understanding Your Employer's Responsibility during General Induction at a Construction Site

by Dylan Olson

Occupational health and safety is an important aspect in many workplaces, especially construction sites. In spite of the preparation that you have done in a learning institution, you need some induction in the field so that you are competent enough to handle different construction projects in the field. During induction, you will be exposed to real-life work scenarios involving construction procedures and machinery used at work. It also comes with the risks and challenges associated with construction work. This is why your employer has a crucial role in ensuring your successful induction at the workplace. If you are undertaking an induction program for the first time, here are some of the duties that your employer has:

Controlling Occupational Risk

Your employer is responsible for eliminating or reducing the adversity of things that pose a danger to your safety and health at the workplace. In cases where the risk element cannot be practically eliminated, your employer should take necessary steps by substituting, isolating or using engineering controls that lower the risks involved. For them to institute these methods, your employer can consult health and safety representatives, use administrative controls and provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to ensure your safety.

Site Specific Training

Any time you shift from one site to another, your employer must offer site-specific training on the new site. The aim of site-specific training is to acquaint you with any changes in the occupational procedures and rules of performance. This covers emergency procedures in case of disasters like a fire breakout and arrangement for the supervision of your work. Ideally, your employer should tell you if they are not in a position to provide a supervisor due to workload or logistical issues at the site. In such a case, you can contract the supervision services of a certified state officer.

Return to Work Formula

In case of a personal or work-related injury that incapacitates you at the workplace, your employer should have a return to work formula for you. The essence is to ensure that the work you do does not jeopardise your recovery. Here, your employer can appoint a return to work supervisor or coordinator for you to support and monitor you while at work. For instance, you may have to undergo therapy sessions after work to help you address trauma issues.

By understanding your employer's responsibilities, you will know what to expect as a first-time inductee from your employer. If anything is amiss, you are in a better position to seek clarification on occupational risk, site-specific training and return to work formula after an injury.