As a worker, you deserve to enjoy working in safe conditions. If you are employed, then your employer has a responsibility to provide you with the right equipment to do your job as well as to take steps to reduce the risk of injury in your workplace.
What should you do if you notice hazards in the workplace?
If you notice hazards in your place of work, it’s important to point them out to your employer as soon as you can. Employees do deserve to be in a safe environment, so pointing out new hazards, like broken glass, slipper floors, electrical problems or other things that you notice may make it easier for your employer to repair the damage and make your environment safer again.
Employers should take any notice you provide seriously. They need to look into the problems and address them within a reasonable amount of time.
How do you report hazards to your employer?
You can report hazards verbally or by filling out a form. Your employer may already have a bulletin board with forms available. If not, it’s enough to write down what the hazard is and to turn that paper in. You can also verbally confirm that there is a hazard present.
Health and safety legislation does require all employees to report hazards to their supervisors or superiors. If you’ve done your part, then your employer should do theirs and take care of making your workplace safer through the right corrective actions. If you end up getting hurt because corrective actions weren’t taken, then you may have a case for workers’ compensation. Our site has more information on the steps to take next.