Warehouse working can be dangerous business if people do not fulfill their responsibilities for on-site health and safety.
Learning your responsibilities is the first step. You should also be aware of other people’s responsibilities so you know who to talk to if you see a hazard.
Health and safety hazards could be controlled if everyone knew their own responsibilities and acted on them.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (O.Reg. 213/91) define the responsibilities of workplace parties such as employer, supervisor and worker. You can get a copy of the Act and Regs from IHSA or by visiting ihsa.ca.
Here are some examples of responsibilities of workplace parties.
• Provide equipment, materials and protective devices and maintain them.
• Ensure that everyone and all processes comply with the requirements of the law.
• Provide information and instruction to protect worker’s health and safety.
• Provide competent supervision.
• Acquaint workers with hazards
• Take every precaution reasonable to protect workers.
• Ensure that all workers are at least 16 years old.
• Ensure that the health and safety of workers are never in danger.
• Ensure that workers work safely, according to the law.
• Ensure that workers use and wear any protective equipment or clothing required by the law or the employer.
• Advise workers of any possible danger to their health and safety on the job.
• Work safely at all times.
• Wear any protective equipment or clothing that your employer requires you to wear.
• Never remove a safety guard or any protective equipment.
• Report to your employer or supervisor any protective device that is missing or not working properly.
• Report to your employer or supervisor any hazard in the workplace.
• Report any violations of the law.