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Employee Health and Safety responsibilities

Every employee has a right to work in a safe environment. In recent years several regulations have been introduced so that company owners give more priority to safety at work. A lot of the responsibility for workplace safety does lie with company bosses who need to ensure that staff have things like correct safety equipment, fully functioning equipment, and clear health and safety procedures. The responsibility does not just rest with management however, and all employees should understand that they also have a role to play in workplace safety.

Employee responsibilities

  • All employees should make a conscious effort to maintain the health and safety of not only themselves, but also other people around them.
  • Ensure that they understand the company’s health and safety policy and cooperate with the employer on all these matters.
  • Report any hazards, defects, or near misses that are observed around the workplace and ensure that you do not inadvertently cause any health and safety problems for someone else.
  • Adhere to the instructions and guidelines set out by your employer and attend any health and safety training provided.
  • Do not misuse or tamper with the safety equipment provided such as fire extinguishers.

Employers will usually provide a health and safety policy for employees. This policy normally gives specific details of an employee’s health and safety responsibilities. It is important to read the policy fully because it not only sets out your responsibilities as an employee, but it can also serve as a health and safety educational tool. Employers have a right to initiate disciplinary action on those members of staff that do not adhere to the health and safety policy.

Most of the employee health and safety responsibilities are general common sense, and a little vigilance around the workplace is all that is required. Many accidents at work occur due to carelessness so it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the workplace is a safe environment.