Your employer, supervisor, and you have health and safety responsibilities.
Your employer is responsible for:
Your supervisor is responsible for:
You are responsible for:
Your employer is responsible for providing a safe work environment and ensuring that safety and health, and first aid regulations are complied with. This responsibility includes training workers to do their jobs safely and ensuring that working conditions are safe.
Every employer must have a safety program. If your employer has 20 or more workers on site (including supervisors, cooks, etc.) then a written safety program is required.
The written program will outline what is required for ensuring work place safety. It will include guidelines on:
If there are less than 20 workers, the safety program will, as a minimum, consist of safety meetings, which are to take place at least once per month. The identification and correction of unsafe acts and conditions will be the focus of the meetings. A record is to be kept of the issues discussed and actions taken to correct unsafe acts and conditions.
Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you can perform your job safely. Therefore, your employer is responsible for training, and for authorizing the use of power tools, equipment and machinery. If you do not possess the skills necessary to safely perform a task or job, your employer will need to ensure that you are trained.
Training can be delivered through training courses and seminars, or on-the job training. On-the-job training is to be conducted prior to you undertaking a task or job unsupervised. Training can be conducted by a designated trainer, supervisor or qualified co-worker.
Your employer is responsible for ensuring working condition are safe and all known hazards are addressed. All vehicles, structures, equipment, machinery and tools must be maintained in a safe operating condition. The employer must ensure regular work site inspections are conducted to prevent unsafe acts and conditions. All unsafe acts and conditions must to be corrected without delay.
The supervisor is responsible for ensuring the employer's responsibilities for workplace health and safety are met on-site.
Supervisors are directly responsible for ensuring all persons under their direction can perform assigned tasks safely. This includes ensuring that employees are trained before they are directed to undertake a task or job. The supervisor must confirm through observation that a person can perform a task safely.
Work site safety
The supervisor is responsible for ensuring hazards are identified and corrected, and regular safety inspections take place. The supervisor also has a delegated responsibility to ensure that the on-site requirements of the safety program are met.
You will report all injuries, accidents and hazards to the supervisor.
You are responsible for ensuring that your own actions do not endanger yourself or your co-workers. This includes being aware of your responsibilities for preventing accidents, injuries and industrial illnesses.
You must report all situations, including unsafe acts and conditions, that are a hazard to yourself or your co-workers.
Compliance with standards/regulations
You are responsible for being aware of the health and safety, and first aid regulations that apply to your work site. (The employer is responsible for providing copies of the regulations on site). You must comply with the regulations and follow all of the employer's safe work procedures.
You have a responsibility to report all hazards you encounter. Your employer is responsible for correcting these hazards or ensuring safe procedures are used to deal with them.
You have three basic rights in workplace health and safety: