Staff Responsibilities Towards Health and Safety
As a member of staff, it's vital that you and all other team members are kept abreast of the importance of health and safety, particularly moving forward. There is no excuse anymore for a lack of health and safety in the workplace and therefore it's the responsibility of everyone to come together and make this problem something that is consigned to the past.
Whilst the management team will lay out the protocol for risk management and other vital health and safety features, it's the job of every staff member to adhere to this plan every day. As is taught on the syllabus of the NEBOSH General Certificate course both managers and employees have health and safety responsibilities and expectations for creating a safe and healthy place in which to work.
Health and safety in work is no laughing matter; it has to be respected and used as a barometer of the success of any business. Whilst staff should expect a certain level of health and safety from the company they also need to contribute to this record themselves. To get this right, though, the level of learning and change that has to take place can be quite a challenge. The reward, though, is that you can get through your work on a daily basis and help get things managed and prepared.
Along with the legal and moral expectations of managers, workers always have a duty to take care of their own health and their own safety when onsite and this will never change. All staff must co-operate with the employer and their rulings about health of safety otherwise people - staff, management, customers - can be compromised and put in danger.
To get through this stage, attending an accredited health and safety course and passing an examination or assessment will not only teach employees a great deal of knowledge but their completion of the assessment(s) will prove that they have retained that knowledge. This and additional training on specific topics such as permit to work training will help ensure that safety protocols are better understood and more easy (and more likely) to be followed properly.
If you are unsure about the specific requirements of your business it would be best to actually speak with the employer or a management team member to learn these problems. It will make your life so much easier, and help you get things moving forward.
If you want to play a prominent role within a business in the future you need to play by the rules with regards to health and safety. Work with the senior members of staff and learn the importance of health and safety first. Then, you can start to promote this activity to others in the workplace. When you are part of a workforce or a team you all need to be working together and in harmony; this includes ensuring everyone knows their roles when it comes to staying healthy, safe and happy at work.