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.
- 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.