While employers have the greatest role to the play in health and safety, employees also have to meet the end of their bargain. Safety procedures or guidelines are put in place to help the employers create conducive working environments. In case of lack of clarification, employees are also advised to consult their employees on their roles in ensuring health and safety have been met appropriately. They have to be made aware of their obligations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 2007.
Below are the responsibilities of employees.
1. Employees have the liability to take care of their own health and safety.
2. To make sure their work mates are safe and free from any accidents.
3. To collaborate with employer in implementation of health and safety programs.
4. To report any accidents, injuries or illness suffered when on duty.
5. To safeguard safety gargets put in and place and make sure there are well used. To avoid misuse and interference.
6. To report any hazard identified at place of work and also to keep updating the employers on the health and safety matters that were implemented and need to be evaluated.
7. To tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work, like becoming pregnant or suffering an injury. Because your employer has a legal responsibility for your health and safety, they may need to suspend you while they find a solution to the issue or problem, but you will normally be paid if this happens
8. If you drive or operate machinery, you have a responsibility to tell your employer if you take medication that makes you drowsy. If you have, they should temporarily move you to another job if they have one for you to do.
9. To avoid wearing jewelry of loose clothing while operating the machines at work.
10. If an employee has long hair, it is his or her responsibility to make sure it is tacked away, or to wear a headscarf. This way, chances that it gets caught in the machinery will be minimized.
11. The employee also has the responsibility to give the employer maximum cooperation. This is by receiving ample training and following the workplace rules to the letter.
12. Employees are also expected not to tamper with anything that has been put in place for the sake of their well-being or health safety.
13. In the case of use of safety equipment, it is also the responsibility of the employee to ensure that it is worn at the right time and in the correct way.
Conclusively, an employee should avoid taking any risk. If he or she feels that something is unsafe, they should stand back and figure the best way to deal with it, or simply tell the employer to help find a solution.