Health and Safety in the Work Place

Unit 25: Health and Safety Procedures in the workplace.
Section 1; Know health and safety procedures in the workplace.
1.1: It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. This means making sure those workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively that could arise in the workplace.
Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace. Risk assessments should be carried out that might cause harm in the workplace. Employers must give you information about the risks in your workplace and how you are protected, also instruct and train you on how to deal with the risks.
Employers must consult employees on health and safety issues. Consultation must be either direct or through a safety representative that is either elected by the workforce or appointed by a trade union.
As an employee your most important responsibilities are to take reasonable care of not only your own health and safety but co-workers and customers too. To report any hazards or injuries to an employer as soon as you notice it and to be aware of your rights regarding health and safety. Take reasonable care not to put other people- fellow employees and members of the public- at risk by what you do or don’t do in the course of your work. To co-operate with your employer, making sure you get proper training and you understand and follow the company’s health and safety policies. Always make sure not to interfere with or misuse anything that’s been provided for your health, safety and welfare. To report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job, your employer may need to change the way you work. To tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work, like becoming pregnant or suffering an injury. Because your employer...