What is an employer responsible for?
As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring your workplace is safe.
That means your machinery, equipment and processes do not pose a risk to people on the worksite.
You must have adequate techniques and procedures in place and used to prevent or reduce the risk of occupational illnesses and injuries.
You are responsible for providing thorough, job-specific training to your workers.
And if you have hired young workers, we expect you to mentor them – providing detailed instructions about the job and how to do it safely.
You must also ensure your employees are overseen by competent supervisors. You can find out what that means here.
As an employer, you also carry all the responsibilities of a supervisor. You can find out what that means here.
And employers are also workers, with all their responsibilities and obligations. You can find out what that means here.
If there is a serious injury or illness, you must report it immediately.
The employer’s report of injury is here.
If there has been a workplace incident, you must record it, regardless of the severity.
Please keep these records for three years to protect your employee in the event of unforeseen complications and, also, to safeguard your investment in the insurance program. Those records will help your employees get the benefits you paid for.
So to recap, make sure:
the workplace is safe;
equipment and machinery is well designed and maintained properly;
you have safe work procedures in place, and they are followed;
workers know about hazards and how to protect themselves;
workers know about their rights, responsibilities and duties;
you have provided training and supervision;
you have adequate first aid on site;
injuries are reported and incidents recorded;
you support health and safety activities;
you document what you have done
To learn more, here is the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Here are the regulations.
Here is a Worker’s Guide.
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