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Responsibilities for safety Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation requires employers to do everything they reasonably can to protect the health and safety of their workers. This means:
  • ensuring your workers have the skills and training needed to do their jobs in a healthy and safe manner
  • providing competent supervisors
  • preventing violence and harassment in the workplace
  • informing your workers of all the health and safety hazards at the job site
  • setting up safe work practices and ensuring these practices are followed
  • providing safety equipment and training
  • properly labeling and storing dangerous chemicals
  • investigating serious injuries and incidents
  • investigating potentially serious incidents (PSI)
  • working with the health and safety committee or representative
  • meeting  OHS and Employment Standards Code requirements
Employees responsibilities include the following:
  • Work in compliance with OH&S acts and regulations.
  • Use personal protective equipment and clothing as directed by the employer.
  • Report workplace hazards and dangers to the supervisor or employer.
  • Work in a safe manner as required by the employer and use the prescribed safety equipment.
  • Tell the supervisor or employer about any missing or defective equipment or protective device that may be dangerous.
Employees have the following three basic rights:
  • Right to refuse unsafe work.
  • Right to participate in the workplace health and safety activities through the Health and Safety Committee (HSC) or as a worker health and safety representative.
  • Right to know, or the right to be informed about, actual and potential dangers in the workplace.
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