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General Safety - Employee Responsibilities 

 

Light BulbAn effective Accident Prevention Program should include the defined responsibilities for management, supervisors, and employees. The Company, by law, has responsibility for the safety and health of all employees as well as providing a safe workplace. Supervisors have responsibility for providing a safe workplace as well as managing the production issues. Now we need to address employee responsibilities and what those entail.

 

Employers and supervisors should expect the employees to be responsible. This starts with getting to work on time, working safely throughout the day, and addressing concerns including any unsafe work conditons to their supervisor.

 

Suggested Areas of Responsibility 

 

Employees are responsible to: 

  • Learn from any training that the company provides. Be an active participant in learning a job skill or safety issue.  
  • If the training and instructions are not clear or you don't feel comfortable in performing the task ask for assistance.  
  • Report unsafe acts and near misses immediately. Especially if the unsafe act is on going. This will help keep the workplace safe for everyone.  
  • Address problems with the supervisor ASAP. Always try to give solutions to every problem. (You may understand more than the supervisor about the problem and how to fix it.)  
  • Re-address issues with the supervisor on un-resolved topics discussed in the past. (The supervisor may have forgotten about those topics.)  
  • Be an active member in the safety of the workplace. Participate in Safety Committee Meetings, Safety Meetings, and when trained on a safety issue.  

These are just a few areas employees should be responsible for. The list is endless. Try to develop other areas to assist in safety and production. Bring these areas to the supervisor's attention and expect an answer. This input should be appreciated.

 

For everyone to be on the same page clear and open communication between management, supervisors and employees are necessary. The lack of communication is also one of the largest problems faced today in any workplace. Don't let this happen to you and your organization.

 

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