The basics of work health and safety are really quite simple and the responsibility for it in any working environment is shared by both employers and employees.
Basics of work health and safety for employers
For employers, the basics of work health and safety essentially means having to:
- Have liability insurance
- Identify potential hazards
- Assess the risks of hazards causing accidents at work
- Minimise these risks by any reasonable means
While hazards and risks vary between industries and occupations within them, minimising the risk of workplace accidents generally includes provision of:
- A safe and healthy working environment (minimal risk of slips, trips and falls; reasonable temperatures; control of noise levels)
- Adequate training in the use of machinery and/or other equipment
- Adequate training in manual handling and safe working procedures
- Proper maintenance for equipment and/or machinery
- Personal protective equipment where required (ear protectors, protective clothing, goggles, etc.)
In addition, employers are required by law to display health & safety posters, have first aid equipment and a person trained in first aid on the premises at all times and keep a work accident report book. More detailed information on the basics of health and safety at work can be found here.
Basics of work health and safety for employees
Employees must assist in the prevention of work injuries by:
- Using machinery and other equipment according to provided training and/or instructions
- Adhering to safe working and manual handling procedures
- Using provided personal protective gear as and when required and in accordance with relevant instructions
- Reporting potential hazards immediately to responsible personnel
In general, workers are required to behave in a responsible manner not likely to endanger their own or other workers’ health and safety.
When the basics of work health and safety are ignored
If these basic health and safety requirements are ignored by workers or employers and someone is injured in a work-related accident as a result, the person responsible for the accident in the workplace could be held liable to pay the injured party work injury compensation.
What this means to you
In other words, if you suffer an injury at work because someone else failed to take note of basic health and safety regulations, you could be eligible to make a claim for industrial injury compensation. Call our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now to find out how we at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in claiming for compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown