Just as company management needs to follow and enforce safety, you as the worker are required to follow the safety requirements of your company and the state – this is the law of Washington.
Washington State is an OSHA State Plan.
The authority to have requirements for workplace safety can be found in RCW 49.17, this is Washington state law. This law gives Labor and Industries the authority to create the requirements for safety on the worksite known as Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
The (WAC) requirements say that it is management’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment. This includes the project manager, superintendent, foreman and company ownership to have responsibility and authority to create a safe work place.
But the (WAC) requirements also require employee’s follow their companies’ safety and health policies, and the WAC safety and health requirements of Washington state. Just as the owner, foreman and superintendent need to follow and enforce safety, you as the worker are required to follow the safety requirements of your company and the state – this is the law of Washington.
Ensuring a safe work environment is a duty that all workers and management share:
- The safety of those working around you is in your hands
- Unsafe choices that you make that could or can injure both you and your co-workers
- Everyone needs to take safety seriously, or everyone is at risk
- Your co-workers and you are the first line of defense against workplace incidents
You are provided with the training and equipment to do your job safely, but it is up to you use safe practices every day.
Take an active role in keeping your workplace safe:
- Learn about the safety programs of the organization
- Learn the proper techniques to safely perform any job assigned to you
- Help your co-workers learn and use safe practices
- Respect guards, locks, tags and other safety devices that you come across
- Report all missing and damaged devices
- Only use the tools and equipment you are trained and authorized to use
- Use the tools and equipment only for their intended purposes
- Only use chemicals you are trained and properly equipped to use
- Know where the Safety Data Sheets are located
- Don’t take unnecessary risks
- Report any dangerous behavior immediately
- Report any hazardous conditions immediately
- If you are unsure about the safety of a situation, contact your supervisor
Everyone deserves a safe workplace, everyone deserves to go home after their work shift.
Let’s look out for each other, your co-workers and the company you work for.
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