Who is responsible?
Under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 (the OHSW Act) both employers and employees have responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.
However, the employer has the ultimate responsibility and a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of employees and anyone else who might be affected by work carried out for their employer.
As an employee you are responsible for the things you have control over. This means that you must do everything reasonably practicable to protect your own health and safety and that of others.
What are your responsibilities as an employee?
As an employee you must:
You can be actively involved in making your workplace safer by becoming a health and safety representative (HSR), by contributing to health and safety committee meetings, or simply by raising any health and safety issues in the workplace.
If you are unsure about anything don’t be afraid to ask someone in authority in your workplace, such as your manager, supervisor or HSR.
What are your employers responsibilities?
All employers must ensure that:
Every employer must prepare polices that set out their arrangements for protecting the health and safety of employees whilst they are at work.
Last updated: 21 October, 2010