HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

Health and safety in the workplace cannot be over-stressed. These two things take precedence over any issue in any work environment. Employers are legally obliged to provide a safe, secure, and healthy workplace for their employees and anyone else who might be visiting their place of work including contractors, customers, and members of the public.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

EMPLOYEES RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITIES

According to the law, employees have significant rights and responsibilities to follow so as to ensure that they remain safe and healthy. The right of an employee to work in a healthy and safe environment is preserved by the law and as such, cannot be tainted or withdrawn by your employers. This guide is here to provide you with the most important rights and responsibilities you are allowed in the workplace, all of which are listed below;

 

RIGHTS OF AN EMPLOYEE

  • As an employee, you have the right to ensure that any risk to your health and safety is properly controlled, as possible.
  • If you have any solid concern about your work area, you have the right stop whatever it is you are doing and leave your work area, without being disciplined.
  • You have the right to request for -and be provided with- any personal safety and protective equipment free of charge.
  • You also have the right to be consulted by your employer in regards to health, safety, and welfare at work, and also to be provided with detailed information on these issues.
  • As part of the consultation you have had with your employer, you have the right to select Safety Representatives.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN EMPLOYEE

Your responsibilities deals with you being able to take care of yourself and being extra careful to not put other people's health and safety at risk. Therefore, you need to;

  • Take part in appropriate training
  • Use your personal protective equipment appropriately
  • Obey and adhere to each and every employer's health and safety policy
  • Any strain, injury, or illness you may have suffered due to your work must be reported.
  • Any health related issue, such as pregnancy, suffering an injury, or taking prescribed medication, must be reported to your employer so they can make the necessary modifications in working arrangements.

 

EMPLOYER'S DUTIES

Employers are not left out in the fight to have a secure, safe and healthy workplace as they are also tasked with their own duties. Whatever the size of your business, you are mandated to ensure that all of the requirements below are met;

  • You must ensure that you provide, design, and maintain workplaces that are safe and without risk to the health of your employees.
  • Ensure that safe working habits are developed and implemented
  • Identify any kind of hazard -potential or actual- and take necessary measures to contain the risks, by either eliminating them or reducing them if elimination is impossible.
  • Ensure that temperature, ventilation, washing, toilet, lighting, and rest facilities meet up with the standard welfare, safety, and health regulations sought by the statutory bodies.
  • Implement the right measures to reduce the risk of harassment and bullying.
  • Your employees must be provided with instructions, information, and training that will help them deal with accidents and emergencies.
  • Ensure that you set up contingency plans that will help deal with emergencies and accidents, including the evacuation of your workplace.
  • Provide proper first aid facilities.
  • Provide your employees with protective clothing, and place the right warning signs wherever they are required.
  • Provide your employees with the right working equipment and see to it that they are properly used and appropriately maintained.
  • Report specific injuries, accidents, diseases and other dangerous occurrences to the right authorities. Also, do not forget to properly maintain records of injuries and accidents.
  • Provide your employees with the right health supervision.
  • Take the right precautions against the risks caused by explosives or flammable hazards, dust, electrical equipment, radiation, and noise.
  • Ensure that you take reasonable steps in order to avoid potentially dangerous work that involves manual handling, and also provide training for manual handling wherever necessary.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

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