As a worker or employee, do you know what you are legally responsible for when it comes to health and safety?
A recent CBC article shared the story of a man who is speaking out about the need for safety improvements after his brother was killed from falling 20 meters off of scaffolding while working in Fort McMurray. As a result, the victim’s employer is now being charged with 10 violations of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Because laws and legislation are constantly changing and vary across jurisdictions, OH&S and the Law is a hot and relevant topic for most companies — especially when you hear of stories like the one mentioned above. To maintain a safe work environment, legislation must be followed and trained for accordingly for the safety of all those within the workplace.
Due diligence can be defined as “the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property.” When taking a step further and examining due diligence as it applies to occupational health and safety, the above definition can be furthered to include that “employers shall take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace.” In other words, the care, caution, or action a reasonable person is expected to take under similar circumstances.
So – who’s responsible?
Employers are responsible for the safety and well being of their workers which is why care must be taken and initiated at all levels in order to keep all workers safe. While there are laws and regulations put in place to help prevent workplace accidents, we must also rely on those in charge to further implement these laws and regulations. Supervisors within a company have the daily task of making sure that everything comes together at a job site to ensure the overall safety of each and every worker.
Levitt-Safety’s OH&S and the Law for Supervisors online course will explore the following key points in order to further promote and enforce safety in the workplace:
- A thorough understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and other key pieces of health and safety legislation
- The duties, rights, and responsibilities of workers and employers
- The details of Joint Health & Safety Committees
- The basics of criminal justice in the workplace
Sadly, we don’t always recognize that there is a problem until something bad happens. Let us work together to make sure that all supervisors are trained effectively and appropriately to keep workers safe.
Please click on the link below to purchase the OH&S and the Law for Supervisors online course. Upon successful completion of this 2 hour course, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.