Safety during work is a shared responsibility both by the employers and the employees. However, every employer should ensure that all his worksites maintain the required levels of safety. Let us explore the role of employees and employers in maintaining safety and human conditions in all sites.
Role of employer
First, the employer is expected to comply with the safety standards as defined by law or regulatory authorities with respect to the specific type of work area. For example, industrial sites should follow the regulations for general work places as well as those specific to industrial sites. Failure to comply with such regulations may attract closure of the site, a penalty and order to comply or even a jail term.
The employer should provide all employees with the necessary safety gears and ensure that potentially dangerous machinery is carefully labelled. In addition, all employees should be taken through training to ensure that they are conversant with different machinery as well as the safety rules and procedures. It is essential for the employer to have a functional first aid team. Alternatively, the company could organise for all their employees to receive constant training on first aid. This may save many lives in future and it is a great investment.
Role of Employee
The employees are expected to comply with the manuals and instructions for use of different machinery. For safety purposes, employees should only handle machinery that they full understand to avoid accidents. All safety equipment and gear should be used whenever an employee is on official duty. Failure to do so amounts to negligence which may prevent compensation in cases of accidents. The employees should also avoid the use of faulty machinery and tools and report any machinery that requires repair immediately.
Whenever the company organises workshops and training sessions to sensitise employees on safety matters, it is essential for all employees to attend even if they have attended similar sessions. Refreshing your knowledge on this can save your life or that of your colleagues at work. In case of accidents, the extraction procedures should be followed to the letter to prevent aggravation of the situation.
Safety is not only essential in industrial and construction sites. It is also prerequisite in the normal offices and worksites. As such, employers should ensure that anything that may pose danger to employees or clients should be dealt with. Slippery floors, sharp corners or stairs, loose tiles and ceiling boards should be labelled or repaired as fast as possible.