Safety Focus of the Week: Employee/Employer Obligations in Safety
ECI is formally rolling out its new Corporate Safety Program Manual. A key part is a description of the obligations of the Employee and the Employer relative to safety.
Obligations of the Employer
Providing a safe workplace which is managed and controlled in accordance with all applicable regulations and standards is an essential obligation of all Employers. ECI achieves this by providing:
- Education and training specific to an employee’s role and assigned work tasks
- Supervision and council from experienced and trained working professionals
- Perform risk assessment
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Hazardous condition measuring instruments
- Fit for purpose safety systems and equipment
- Compliance monitoring by dedicated Health and Safety staff
- Executive leadership
- Developing and maintaining a company-wide safety culture that includes an appreciation of:
- Engineering and science associated with our work and the safety practices.
- Use of risk assessment to identify and mitigate hazards.
- Sense of pride for quality work and safe work practices.
- The Code of Conduct items, particularly regarding safe driving, respectful behavior, and environmental conscientious work practices.
In addition to worker safety, ECI has a duty to protect the public near and around the work. This is particularly important as many of ECI’s projects and tasks take place within public rights-of-way.
Obligations of the Employee
All ECI employees are provided with the following responsibilities with respect to the Safety Program:
- Acknowledge and understand the content within the Safety Program Manual
- Understand and follow all applicable health and safety policies and procedures
- Adhere to fit-for-duty physical and mental requirements
- Maintain licensure for operating motor vehicles and other equipment as required
- Proper use and maintenance of assigned equipment and personal protective gear
- Recognize hazards and implement adequate measures to control hazards
- Ask for assistance if uncertain about a specific hazard or potentially hazardous situation
- Look out for fellow workers and the public traveling through ECI jobsites
- Acknowledge and appreciate general engineering principals as they relate to personal safety
- Attend and participate in Jobsite Hazard Assessment discussions and Weekly Safety Meetings
- Report safety incidences in accordance with reporting procedures
- Comply with the ECI Substance Abuse Policy
- Follow the ECI Code of Conduct
All employees have the authority to stop work under the following conditions:
- If you see an unsafe act taking place or about to take place
- If you believe conditions are unsafe and not fit for the task(s) at hand
- If there is confusion with regards to the work plan
Employees are encouraged to speak up if they have a suggestion to make the jobsite or activity safer. When we share the responsibility in the workplace, everyone wins.