June 24, 2019
Do you know your health and safety responsibilities?
Whether you are working alone, or have a crew working with you on a job site, it's important to know what your safety responsibilities are.
Employer safety checklist
As an employer, you are legally responsible to:
- Take necessary precautions to ensure safety, health and welfare of workers
- Provide and maintain a safe workplace, and safe equipment, tools and systems
- Provide new workers with a safety and health orientation
- Ensure everyone is aware of hazards in the workplace and any necessary precautions
- Provide adequate supervision
- Provide training
Employees are responsible for knowing how to use safety equipment, clothing and devices properly. They need to co-operate with others on workplace safety and health matters.
Many contractors rely on their regional health and safety organization for information on safety training programs, safety tips and legal requirements for job safety. Check out websites like the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) https://www.ccohs.ca/, or provincial organizations like Safe Work Manitoba or Workplace Safety & Prevention Services in Ontario for more resources and programs.
Products designed to help you create a safe workplace
Knowing what you're responsible for is part of the safety picture, but it's also important to know what reputable products to buy to help you create a safer job site. Eye protection, hearing protection and hard hats have been around for a long time and are still key to protecting yourself from serious injuries. The technology behind some of these common safety staples is changing. For example, 3M offers the PELTOR Wireless Communication Accessory, which lets you keep working — and communicating — in loud settings. It's a hands-free wireless communications device for use in noisy environments that still protects your hearing. 3M is also known for its innovative tape, like the Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Conformable Tapes and Treads 510 that can be used on ladder rungs to prevent falls.
There's a lot of different factors that go into creating a safe work environment. If you take the time to stay on top of safety regulations and training as well as adding the right tools and safety gear to your business, you will be well on your way to creating a safe and healthy workplace for your team.