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on 08 March 2012


Workers responsibilities – Health and Safety

It is common knowledge that employees need to do all that is possible to help create a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. What may not be as commonly known is the fact that workers are also responsible for their own health and safety and must help their employees to reduce the risks. Workers must ensure their actions do not put themselves or those around them at risk and help everyone meet the legal requirements set out to keep everyone safe.

The first way to help everyone is by talking to your employers about any concerns you may have or questions regarding the health and safety in your workplace. By communicating it is possible to highlight new problems, prevent accidents and work together to ensure all is being monitored and maintain for the good of everyone.

The Duties of Employees in the Work Place

It is important to be aware of what you must do to help with the health and safety in the place that you work. When you first start at the job, or are given a new position or role you should be given training. It is your duty to follow the training which is given to you and not introduce new methods which you may feel are more convenient.  Your other duties include:

  • Take care of your own health and safety and the other people’s around you
  • Follow the guidance and cooperate with your employees and managers
  • Make your managers or employers aware of any risks which may be concerning you or procedures you are unhappy with due to inadequacy apprehensions.
  • After bringing up any problems with your employers which are not addressed to your satisfaction you can contact your local enforcing authority for health and safety and also the Employment Medical Advisory Service.

Your Employer Must Also Do Things for You

  • Provide health and safety training free of charge to you
  • Provide adequate equipment and clothing free of charge
  • Carry out risk assessments and decide what parts of your duties could pose harm and also work out how to prevent accidents or problems concerning your health from occurring through methods of work.
  • Ensure there are adequate toilets, washing facilities as fresh drinking water
  • There must be adequate first aid facilities available
  • Have insurance which will cover you if you fall ill from work or are injured. A copy of the insurance certificate should be placed where you can view it
  • Talk and discuss your health and safety with you and health and safety representatives
  • Explain the risks that you face, explain how they are controlled and who is responsible for controlling them
  • Work closely with all other contractors or employers in the same workplace to ensure health and safety in the workplace is protecting everyone

By working together it is possible to help prevent accidents and create a good environment to work in. Both employees and employers need to know their responsibilities and unite when it comes to preventing injury and poor health at work.  Contact health and Safety consultants to find out more about health and safety services and laws. Call 0800 1488 677 to find out more.

About the author

David Cant is a Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME’s favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick. You can find him across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

  • Unity, Communication and Discussion, these three are most important in case of take caring about Health and Safety. This training is really important.

  • Ashfaq Ahmad says:

    Hi All Friends,
    I read all comments on Health and Safety Law and you.
    Really I like it very much.

    But I have a Question would you like to answer and explain it please:
    Why we are demanding NEBOSH for Site Safety Officers? I think NIBOSH is for Supervision or Management.

    Please explain it.


    Ashfaq Ahmad

    • Hi Ashfaq..

      Demanding NEBOSH for Site Safety Officers is a step in the right direction in addition, for Managers and Supervisors.

      The general Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge who require a basic knowledge and understanding of occupational safety and health.

      And a demanding but rewarding experience that is designed to complement existing managerial skills.

      is this something that you are concerned about? or purely a personal interest?

  • Cert IV OH&S says:

    Days are gone when people used take this safety matter lightly, now you do the same and someone can bring on legal action against you.