Regardless of where you work, whether at an office or a construction site, you have the right to be in a safe environment. Every job has its own risks and safety needs, so how can you ensure that your employer has followed the necessary guidelines?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set them for every job. Your employer must uphold them. Though OSHA is an excellent resource, there are several things you should look out for. And the very thing that would raise considerable concerns is any OSHA violations—deliberate or otherwise. If OSHA has put forth a standard, then that is precisely what it is. It is not a goal to strive for. They are legal requirements.
The Company’s Priorities
How does the company approach safety? They could openly and widely declare that safety is paramount, have fully-staffed positions to oversee training and safety, and post notices with safety tips. Or perhaps the leadership dismisses it.
You can tell a lot about a company’s stance on safety if they have safety training. This extends beyond classes and instructional lectures on the topic. If there is an accident or an emergency, does every employee know what to do?
Another thing to look out for is whether the employees wear their safety equipment correctly. Not only does this show the mindset of the employees but management as well. Why? Because if people are openly defying safety protocols, then management either doesn’t enforce the standard or ignores them altogether.
Beyond the use of safety equipment, take notice of the procedures and systems in place. Though this example won’t apply to everyone, the idea and theme behind it will. If an employee has to enter a confined space, how established is the procedure? And do the employees follow it?
As an employee, you should be aware of ways to mitigate risk. Your employer’s responsibility is to ensure you know them and that they have told you what they are. If they have gotten too casual with safety, the actions and culture of the company speak to that.
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