The employee owes the employer a duty to provide value to the business by maximizing their skills, professional training and experience. In the same way, the employer needs to create the right environment that makes this achievable with less stress and minimum risks.
Consequently, compensating for use of the services and expertise of the staff in the form of wages or salary, employers have some basic duties to their employee which are mandated by law, regardless of the size of the business.
Every employer or self-employed person is generally responsible for health and safety in their business. They’ll need to take the right steps to minimise the risks of workplace hazards and provide a safe working environment.
Local labour legislations in different countries often include health and safety duties and responsibilities of the business owner to all their employees, including part-time workers, temporary workers and work-from-home staff.
Every business owner is therefore expected to employ a competent person to plan and implement the health and safety management of the company. It is not a necessary evil, but part of an ongoing business management process to ensure worker’s protection and ultimately the future success of the business.
As a general health and safety guideline , your employer has a duty to you to provide:
a safe and adequate work system and facilities
a safe workplace
safe equipment, plant and machinery;
Qualified, safe and competent work colleagues, as employers are also liable for the actions of their employee.
Regular risks assessment evaluation of the workplace, machine, plant and equipment, in order or eliminate, minimize or control potential risks;
Educating workers about all the potential hazards associated with their work process, in addition to providing training on risks management.
To provide better perspective, the employer is expected to:
Draw up a health and safety policy for the company
A comprehensive HSE policy will demonstrate to the staff the employer’s commitment to their health and safety; and will increase their confidence as well as improve their commitment and loyalty to the business.
Demonstrate how they will manage risks in the company
The employer should have a good health and safety risk assessment tool or system in place to help to quickly identify any workplace hazards, and put measures in place to control, minimise or eliminate the risks and dangers discovered.
Have the right and full insurance policies for both the staff and the business
Any business that has employees needs to also have employers’ liability insurance for their staff.
If you have had any accident in the course of your work without adequate medical attention or commensurate compensation or you fear you stand a risk of getting into one, then you should talk to a solicitor about your injury claim.
Regularly consult employees on the needed health and safety measures
The employer should regularly consult their employees and representatives to brainstorm on any needed changes to ensure the continued health and safety of the staff.
Provide training and information on health and safety
Every employee has a right to be educated on the health and safety risks that come with job descriptions or the tools they work with. It’s the employer’s duty to provide adequate training and information in this regard.
Make adequate provisions for First aid, accidents and ill health
The employer must provide records of certain injuries, incidents and cases of work-related diseases, as well as q