Rights and responsibilities of employers and workers are outlined under statutory legislation such as the Safety & Health at Work Act, however, other duties are imposed on both parties under Common Law, which is also legally binding.
Common Law Duties of Employers
- To provide a safe place of work
- To provide a safe system of work
- To provide safe tools
- To provide safe fellow employees
- To provide adequate supervision and training.
Common Law Duties of Employees
- To do nothing to endanger self or others
- To use means provided for safeguarding health and safety
- To participate in occupational safety and health activities
- Report job related injury or illness and seek prompt treatment
- Be familiar with and adhere to workplace policy relating to occupational safety and health
- To take reasonable action within their capability to eliminate workplace hazards
- To co-operate with the Factory Inspector
Other Employee Rights
- To request an inspection of their workplace
- To have access to any report relating to workplace conditions
- To have access to any information relating to the safe use of substances and equipment.
- To communicate freely with the Inspector on occupational safety and health matters
- Not be exposed to any conditions considered dangerous to safety or health
- To ensure that employers report notifiable accidents or diseases to the Chief Labour Officer