Canadian employers take workplace safety seriously. The Canada Labour Board has put policies and procedures in place to keep workers safe on the job, but when it comes to real life, in-the-moment dangers, the actions of employees like you are the last line of defence. True workplace safety is a group effort. It’s up to you as an employee to help keep you and your coworkers safe. Here are a few workplace safety tips:

Read manuals and other training materials.

Attend any training your employer provides. Being familiar with government regulations and company policies is the first step to a safe workplace.

Adhere to safety policies.

Wear appropriate clothing. Use safety equipment. Report if there is none available. Don’t take shortcuts. It’s easy to become complacent, particularly when you are performing tasks you do every day. But laziness can put on you on the fast track to work-related injury.

Comply with safety officer instructions.

There are reasons that your employers have a person in place for enforcement, advice and training. They know the regulations better than anyone. They keep you safe and your employer compliant, so treat them with respect.

Come to work well-rested and free of impairment.

This should go without saying, but do your best to get plenty of sleep on each workday. Be careful of the substances you take. Sure, you know not to come to work under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, but you must also understand the effects of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Read the packaging or talk to your doctor to make sure there are no potential side effects that would prevent you from performing your job responsibilities safely.

Report workplace dangers and any work related accidents or illnesses.

 This will give your employer a chance to remove or mitigate the danger to you and your coworkers. It will also ensure that you are treated promptly for any injury or ailment to prevent it worsening and to return you to your proper form.

As an employee, you can be a big part of maintaining a safe workplace. Help your employer to prevent work-related injuries and diseases. Take the reins to ensure your own health and safety and that of any colleagues who may be affected by workplace dangers.

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