Protecting Yourself - Your Employer's Responsibilities
Your employer is responsible for creating a safe work environment. The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act outlines their health and safety responsibilities in detail. These vary from industry to industry, so please check to see which ones apply to your employer. However, some basic requirements do apply across the board.
Your employer must:
- Make every reasonable effort to ensure the health and safety of employees.
- Comply with the OHS Act and Regulations, and any order made by a Health and Safety Officer.
- Ensure that employees comply with the OHS Act and Regulations, and any order made by a health and safety officer.
- Ensure that tools, equipment, machines, devices and materials are maintained in good condition and are of minimum risk to health and safety when used as directed.
- Familiarize employees with any hazard related to the use, handling, storage, disposal and transport of any tool, equipment, machine, device or biological, chemical or physical agent.
- Provide a health and safety orientation, instruction, job-specific training and supervision necessary to ensure an employee’s health and safety.
- Provide and maintain in good condition the protective equipment required by regulation, and ensure that this equipment is used by employees in the course of work.
- Co-operate with a committee or health and safety representative, and with any person responsible for the enforcement of the OHS Act and the Regulations.
- Post a copy of the OHS Act and Regulations in a prominent place where employees can see them.
- Create policies and procedures that become the safety program in the workplace. If the workplace has 20 or more employees, the company's safety policy must be submitted to WorkSafeNB and a JHSC must be formed.
For more information on health and safety requirements consult the (OHS) Act or call WorkSafeNB at 1 800 222-9775.
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