Are you equipped with all the safety protocols, required tools and equipment to perform your job according to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)? Get informed about your rights and responsbilities on the job.
“Better safe than sorry.”
It’s a saying we’ve been told since we were around 5 years old.
While playing it safe won’t get you much of a return in the stock market, it’ll make sure you return to work in one piece every day when working in a production role.
The last thing you or your employer wants is a worker in a compromised position or vulnerable state due to improper safety protocols.
Stay safe with the equipment and knowledge you need.
What Are Your Occupational Health & Safety Rights
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires that employers protect you from workplace hazards that can cause injury or illness.
What Are Your Rights for Personal Protective Equipment
Your employers must perform a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards, which then will help them decide what protective gear you’ll need.
Then they’ll train you on how to use it and care for it, replace worn or damaged personal equipment, continually review any concerns you or your coworkers bring to their attention and conduct regular assessments.
What Are Your Responsibilities
1. Properly wear PPE.
2. Attend training sessions on PPE.
3. Care for, clean and maintain your equipment.
4. Inform a supervisor of the need to repair or replace PPE..
How Equipment Purchasing Works
Your employer must provide you with the proper equipment necessary to perform your job in a way that is safe and consistent with OHSA.
Regarding who is responsible for the purchasing/payment of PPE, that varies depending on your jurisdiction.
Better Safe Than Sorry
No matter what the cost is and who is covering it, your employer has a duty to ensure your safety in the workplace. If there is a lack of compliance on your employers behalf, you can contact the board yourself and file a complaint. However, It’s best to address this with your employer first and also keep strict records of the incidents as facts for the board.
A good manufacturing firm will always put your safety first.
If you’re at a firm that doesn’t have strong safety protocols in place, it might be time for a change.
Getting the right manufacturing role takes a skilled recruiter who understands what your needs are and where you’ll fit in best. Our recruiters can find you a position in general labour that will lead you to a healthy and long-standing career.