General Safety - Employee Responsibilities
An 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 conditions to their supervisor.
Suggested Areas of
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
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