Responsibility in the Workplace

When it comes to health and safety at work, both employers and their employees have certain responsibilities they must meet. This article takes a look at each of these in turn, and explores what you can do if these responsibilities are neglected, directly causing an accident.

An Employer’s Responsibility

Employers have a legal responsibility to manage health and safety in the workplace. This is part of a wider duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their staff while in they are at work, as well as any other people who come into contact with the company such as visitors or customers.

The law states that it is an employer’s responsibility to take steps that are ‘reasonably practicable’ to achieve a safe working environment. This covers a wide range of measures, but essentially means that an employer must do all he can to ensure potential risks and hazards are controlled. This in turn will help to protect employees from the possibility of harm.

For example, an employer has a responsibility to:-

  • Carry out risk assessments on a regular basis, implementing measures to reduce risks and hazards;
  • Consult employees regarding risk assessments and inform them health and safety policy;
  • Provide training and information regarding health and safety, if appropriate;
  • Provide the correct workplace facilities and equipment;
  • Have first-aid arrangements in place;
  • Display the health and safety poster where employees can easily read it.

Are Employees Also Responsible?

While the management of heath and safety in the workplace is principally an employer’s responsibility, employees also have a role to play, making it a two-way street. Indeed, all employees have a responsibility to take care of their own health and safety at work, as well as that of their colleagues. This means you must co-operate with your employer and fellow workers to help ensure health and safety law is followed at all times.

For example, an employee has a responsibility to:-

  • Apply the training you have been given to working procedure;
  • Use the equipment you have been given to carry out your job safely;
  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety;
  • Take reasonable care of the health and safety of others;
  • Inform the appropriate person (such as your employer or supervisor) if you have concerns regarding health and safety at work.

Accidents at Work – What Action Can You Take?

Employers and their staff must, therefore, work together to focus on health and safety at work. If this is done properly, the risk of an employee suffering an injury while at work will be significantly reduced. Unfortunately, however, not all places of work comply with health and safety law, meaning accidents do still occur on a regular basis.

But if you have been injured because an employer or colleague has failed to meet to their health and safety responsibilities, what exactly can you do? Many people will decide to make a formal complaint, or simply ensure that the incident has been recorded in the company’s accident handbook. However, some may feel this does not recompense for the pain and suffering they have experienced. If so, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer today, as you may be able to take legal action.

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