Train, train and train again
Sheila Pantry, OBE
The law says that your employer must protect your health and safety. The law also says that you must not do anything that could harm yourself or other workers. Employers and workers need to work together to make a place of work safe. Your employer must tell you:
- if there is anything dangerous about your job;
- how to do your job safely;
- what is done to protect your health and safety;
- how to get first aid treatment;
- what to do in an emergency
- things needed to protect you at work (such as, clothing and equipment).
In some jobs you can have your health checked if there is a danger of ill health because of your work. If for instance you work in a country such as the UK you can also see your employer's safety policy statement. They must have one if five or more people are employed.
- training to do your job safely;
It essential that training needs are constantly updated. It is essential that everyone is trained to do their job correctly.
You must take care of yourself and others affected by your work;
- you must use things properly;
- you should not do things if you do not know how to do them safely;
- you must tell someone if you see something that is not safe and could be dangerous;
- you must do what your employer tells you to do to protect your health and safety at work.
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Hope you have a zero accident and incident-free year in 2003 in your workplace.