Safety talks can cover a lot of topics, but there are two important points that should be discussed well. These are the responsibilities when it comes to maintaining safety, and the people’s right to safety. These concepts should be the focus of every talk’s introduction.
The responsibilities of both employer and worker should be tackled in all safety talks. This is to give awareness that safety should not be neglected while working.
Knowing your responsibilities is the first step. It is also important to know other’s safety responsibilities so that you will know who to address upon seeing something dangerous.
You should be aware that you will be able to mitigate the risks if you know your safety responsibilities. Here are the responsibilities of the different workplace parties:
•Employer – He is the one responsible for providing and maintaining equipment, devices, and other tools. He also checks if everyone is complying with the requirements provided by the law. He’s the first one to introduce to his staff the concept of safety management. Lastly, he is responsible for providing information that will protect the health and safety of his workers.
•Supervisor – being next in line, he is responsible for making sure that the workers are in a safe condition. He is also the one who checks whether every worker wears protective gear, depending on what is required by the worker’s job description.
•Constructor – He checks if the work processes are compliant with all legal requirements, and makes sure that the safety rights of every worker are protected. Of course, to carry out such responsibilities, he’ll have to observe (and communicate with) both the management and the employees.
•Worker – He should be working safely at all times. He should always wear protective equipment, and never remove them unless work is done. He is also the one who reports if there is any defective equipment. Also, he should report any hazards he observes in the workplace, and any violations of the law.
All safety talks emphasize that workers have the right to protect their safety and health. Every worker has the power to keep himself from harm. There are three rights that every worker should have: the Right to know, Right to Participate, and Right to Refuse.
•Right to Know
Each worker has the right to know all the safety hazards of his workplace. Employers should provide information to his workers on what allowed inside the workplace. This is to ensure that the safety of the workers is protected.
•Right to Participate
Workers have the right to express their comments and suggestions in improving the safety management of a workplace. Every worker has the privilege to know if there are changes in the work process, and if new equipment purchases were done. Likewise, workers have the right to participate in every investigation that can affect their safety and health.
•Right to Refuse
All workers have the right to refuse when told to do a certain job if it is a threat to their health and safety. Refusals are based on the worker’s subjective belief that the particular job is simply too dangerous. An investigation will be done to support this refusal; however, even if it’s not proven valid, employers should respect the worker’s decision in refusing a certain task
These topics are just two of the many concepts that safety talks can cover. However, these two are the primary topics that all workers should know to be fully aware that aside from themselves, their employers will also take responsibility for their safety and health. These concepts, if delivered effectively, will be helpful in achieving a healthy and safe working environment.