Preparing a Site Based Environmental Induction

June 16, 2016

I am going to suggest that preparing and delivering a site based environmental induction takes specific skills and knowledge. It may seem like a fairly simple process however many people get it wrong or miss the point.

Most environmental inductions are too long, not interactive and generally not understood by the audience. This means poor outcomes in regards to communicating with your staff and contractors about the environmental issues and controls of your project or business.

Five Tips

These are my five tips for creating a site based environmental induction that will engage and educate your audience:

  1. Keep it short and simple. It is 6:30am on a brisk winter morning and you are delivering an environmental induction to the newbies onsite. They are tired, anxious and just wanting to the get through their first day of work. Keep your induction simple, an appropriate length and targeted to your audience including their specific role and responsibilities.
  2. Use appropriate language. Avoid acronyms, technical terms and references that your audience will not know or understand. It may seem appropriate to quote all relevant legislation and hierarchy of documents for the business or project however this will bore your average operator. Rather than quoting legislative requirements, use more interactive communication such as saying “did you know that we all have a responsibility in regards to protecting the environment?” and then discuss the relevant requirements.
  3. Use pictures and other prompters. We all know when we have attended an amazing presentation from a gifted speaker that uses no slides or other props to deliver a strong message. Try to use this method to deliver your induction and engage with your participants rather than just reading presentation slides.
  4. Make it interactive: By asking questions and getting feedback this will provide confirmation that your audience understands the content.
  5. Keep it up to date: There is nothing worse than a presentation that has been obviously cut together from a previous project or has outdated or irrelevant information. Typically this will be picked up by your listeners and you will lose all creditability.