New Brunswick’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and many health and safety regulations list responsibilities that belong to workers. For a workplace to have a strong and sustainable health and safety culture, everyone has a part to play.
By law, workers must:
You can do a lot to make your workplace safer. This includes things like basic housekeeping and removing tripping hazards. If the issue is greater than your scope or area of responsibility, you still have a legal obligation to inform your supervisor of the issue. This includes the very important matter of reporting close calls and near misses.
Remember: the hazard that is reported, identified and corrected can prevent an accident and save lots of pain, trouble and cost. Correct what you can and report the rest.
To comply with this rule, you should bring unresolved safety issues forward to your JHSC representative. You should also participate in and help with health and safety activities when they happen in your workplace.
Example: Your contribution during inspections or accident investigations. You have intimate and valuable hands-on knowledge of the work being done and the tools being used, and your contribution is essential.
It is only by working together that we can make workplaces safer. Look out for your safety, as well as your buddy’s or co-worker’s.