Health and Safety Responsibilities

To provide and maintain a safe and healthy worksite, owners, contractors, employers, supervisors, and workers must accept and follow their own level of responsibility.

Health and Safety Tips

  • Understand and follow the safety program and jobsite work procedures.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and use all required personal protective equipment.
  • Not take unnecessary risks and not endanger other workers through practicaljokes or horseplay .
  • Not use any broken tools or unsafe equipment; unsafe tools and equipment must be removed from service .
  • Stay off the worksite if impaired by drugs (medical or illegal) or alcohol or allow others to do so.
  • Refuse to carry out any work activity that could result in harm to themselves or any other employee.
  • Maintain good housekeeping conditions
  • Report all injuries immediately to first aid, the supervisor, or the employer.

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • All workers are familiar with and follow the company safety program.
  • Workers are properly trained and follow safe jobsite work procedures, and the applicable work and safety regulations.
  • The jobsite is evaluated and hazards are eliminated.  If hazards are not controlled, the employer must develop special work procedures to prevent the risk of worker injury or disease.
  • Workers wear appropriate clothing and the required personal protective equipment.
  • Appropriate tools, equipment, and materials are available and used.
  • Emergency jobsite procedures are developed and made known to workers.

Employer Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a safety program designed to prevent injuries and disease in the workplace.
  • Evaluate worksite hazards and take necessary steps to protect workers
  • Plan the work to be done, ensuring that the right tools, equipment, and materials   are available when needed.
  • Ensure that supervisors train workers in safe work practices and procedures
  • Provide required first aid services and equipment
  • Ensure that Occupational Health and Safety Regulations are complied with on an ongoing basis.

Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What can you do to ensure you are meeting your responsibility in your workplace?
  • How can you help others meet their workplace responsibilities?