Employer and Employee Safety Obligations
An obligation is like a promise or a contract.
In exchange for the benefits of your employment and your own well-being, you agree to work safely. In other words you are obligated to work safely. You are obligated to make sure anyone who happens to supervise or work with you is working safely.
Your employer is also obligated to maintain a safe workplace responsibility.
You are obligated to:
Follow the safety working procedures and practices.
Report any unsafe equipment and condition directly to the committee or your supervisor.
Here are the basic rules to follow every working day:
• If you see something that is not safe, REPORT IT! Do not ignore it. It will not correct itself. You have an obligation to report it.
• Even if you do not think an unsafe condition affects you, it does. Do not mess around; report what is not safe.
Do not think your employer will be angry because your productivity suffers while the condition is corrected.
Employee's Safety Obligations
According to safety standards you are entitled to on the job safety training. As a new employee, you must be:
• Shown how to do your job safely
• Provided with the required personal protective equipment
• Warned about specific hazards
• Supervised for safety while performing the work
The most important general requirements that safety places on employers in the construction industry are:
• The employer must instruct all employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions, and to know the regulations that pertain to the job so that they may control or eliminate any hazards.
• The employer must perform frequent and regular job site inspection of equipment.
• No one may use any tools, equipment, machines, or materials.
• The employer must ensure that only qualified individuals
operate tools, equipment, and machines.