Work can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the job or don’t have a lot of experience in the industry. You want to make a good first impression by showing your co-workers and your boss that you know what you’re doing.
That’s why, while talking about safety at work, asking for training, or bringing up concerns can be hard, it’s important. Employers are responsible for providing adequate training before you start work. Proper training and orientation helps to ensure that everyone stays safe on the job.
If you get a gut feeling that something isn’t safe, or you don’t know how to do your job safely, listen to your instincts and talk to your manager about it. It could save your life or the life of your co-worker.
Tips for improving health and safety on the job
Speaking up shows that you respect your work, so always ask if you’re not clear about how to do something safely.
Start with your supervisor, but you can also talk to a mentor, the owner, or a safety committee rep.
Know the regulations and your employer’s health and safety responsibilities.
Ask your supervisor or boss for training if you didn’t get it. If you don’t understand something, ask for retraining.
Hazards aren’t always easy to recognize. Your employer can help you identify the ones in your job and show you how to stay safe.
Some injuries are more common among young workers. You can help avoid them with proper training, supervision, and by speaking up for yourself when something doesn’t feel right.