WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION.

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) bringing to you another juicy topic on health and safety. Most organizations, companies or firms appoint a personnel who oversees the health and safety responsibilities , while some employ the services of a health and safety consultant who is not a direct staff of the organization.

I want you to ponder over the question”who is responsible for Health and Safety in your organization?” , is it just the health and safety manager or a Supervisor, or the consultant.                                      Even though your company may have a person that co-ordinates and oversees the health and safety roles, everyone in your organization including you, is responsible for health and safety.

For management to be able to accomplish its goals and objectives regarding the development of a positive health and safety culture, it needs the co-operation and buy-in of the workforce.                        Without people ( top level management, middle level, new entrants) buying into the idea that everyone has a significant role to play in the execution or implementation of the health and safety management system, Health and Safety might just be seen as an expense or cost , a necessary evil.

When companies incorporate health and safety objectives as part of their vision and mission, and follow through by developing programs, establishing health and safety policies which are implemented. Establishing safe work procedures, placing value on their workforce and consulting them from time to time so as to find out what they think about health and safety.                                                             From the questions asked, one would be able to determine the defects of the health and safety management system.  Indirectly management is showing to the employees that they value their opinion and also take reasonable care about their health and safety.

Giving the employees feedback about the question and concerns discussed with management is also very crucial. These elements show the significance of management sending the message all the way through the organization that a safe and healthful workplace is the responsibility of everyone in the company.

This is where we will stop for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akinagbade ( your Safety Guide) wishing you a safe day.

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THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE.

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade(your Safety Guide) bringing to you another juicy topic on health and safety, Today we will be looking at the Health and Safety Committee.
As an employee, you have the right to participate in health and safety decisions in your workplace. Depending on the size of your workplace, you can participate through a health and safety committee, as a worker health and safety representative or simply by providing suggestions through your supervisor or worker representative on the committee.

In some developed nations, for example In Canada, where workplace health and safety is highly regarded, they place high premium on the decisions of the health and safety committee.Workplaces with 20 or more workers or where a designated substance regulation applies, require the employer to form and maintain a health and safety committee.

The committee is made up of both members of management and workers who meet to identify and recommend solutions to health and safety problems. They ensure that health and safety concerns are brought into the open and are kept there until they are fixed. One of the committee’s important duties is to do regular inspections of the workplace to identify any health and safety issues.

Workplaces with six to 19 workers where there is no health and safety committee required, and some construction projects, still need a health and safety representative for the workers. This representative is chosen by the workers and he or she deals with health and safety problems in the workplace much the same way health and safety committees do.

For all health and safety concerns, talk to your supervisor. Afterwards, you can talk to your health and safety representative or members of the health and safety committee. Ask questions and keep asking them until you get answers you understand. Till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade saying till next time, keep yourself safe.

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