Who’s Responsible for Workplace Safety?

Everyone knows having a safe place to work is important. The process of creating a safe workspace can look different from business to business, even industry to industry. The specific hazards any given business must deal with can be vastly different from another. They have to be managed all the same, though. So who’s responsible for making sure that happens?

Supervisors

When it comes to workplace safety, supervisors and those in management are in arguably the best position to enforce safety daily. They oversee the day-to-day operations and work relatively closely with lower-level employees. Since employees generally look to supervisors and managers for guidance and as an example, they must observe safety standards themselves as well as enforce them. Supervisors must be consistent about enforcing safety policies if employees are to be expected to follow them and take them seriously.

Human Resources

The human resources department is primarily responsible for the paperwork end of workplace safety. When it comes to making sure accident reports are filed and records are made of completed safety training, that’s where HR comes in. HR managers for construction companies have unique responsibilities around ensuring safety and proper training. Because construction can be a high-risk job, it’s especially important to make sure incidents and training are properly documented. This is especially helpful when it comes to protecting the business from lawsuits that may not be as much the company’s fault as it would otherwise appear to be.

Trainers

Employees can’t be expected to show up to their first day on the job knowing everything there is to know about the job’s hazards and the proper ways to handle them. That’s where trainers come in. Trainers have the responsibility to make sure that employees are properly prepared when it comes to workplace safety, not just at the beginning of their employment, but throughout its entirety. Regular safety training is vital to keeping employees up to date with the latest safety information, policies, and procedures. Hold refresher courses to avoid allowing safety training to expire, keeping in mind that there are other times you should hold safety training as well.

While it’s hard to argue that employees at any level don’t carry some degree of responsibility, ultimately it’s up to the business leaders to make sure the workplace is safe. Supervisors, the HR department, and trainers all have critical roles to play. Coming to work shouldn’t mean taking your health and safety into your own hands. Legal obligations aside, it’s just the right thing to do.

Read this next: How to Protect Yourself Before Working on a Construction Site

Posted in

Common Health Issues That Affect Middle-Aged Men

By Andrea Kay | January 27, 2023

As you age, your body often declines in health. Because your body is not in its prime and your organs have been working longer,…

How to Measure Product Success in Your Business

By Andrea Kay | January 26, 2023

As a business owner, it is paramount to measure the success of your products in order to expand and reap profits. By surveying which…

What to Do Before You and Your Partner Decide to Have a Baby

By Andrea Kay | December 27, 2022

Having a baby is a big step to take with your partner. You’re bringing a new life into the world and you’re permanently changing…

What to Do Before Buying a Business

By Andrea Kay | December 27, 2022

If you want to build wealth, owning a business can be a great way to do that. Some people make that happen by building…

Why Old Software is Hurting Your Business

By Andrea Kay | December 27, 2022

Software is essential for just about every conceivable business. No matter your industry, no matter your market, you need to be taking advantage of…

Crucial Business Functions That Require Greater Investment

By Andrea Kay | December 27, 2022

There are a lot of elements that go into running a business. However, some of them deserve special attention. When you shift your focus…

What You Need to Know About Smart Credit Card Use

By Andrea Kay | December 9, 2022

Are you applying for a credit card for the first time? Having a credit card will open many doors for you, especially if you’re…

How to Improve Cybersecurity at Your Business

By Andrea Kay | December 9, 2022

Every business in the modern world is going to incorporate a substantial amount of technology. This will also be true for your business, no…

Health Risks That Increase as You Get Older

By Andrea Kay | December 7, 2022

There are plenty of things to look forward to as you age. Retirement tends to be one of the more commonly discussed and planned-for…