If you are starting a new job, or you are worried about the safety of yourself and your fellow employees on the jobsite, you need to talk to your employer. Your employer has a responsibility to ensure you stay safe on the job, by law. There is nothing wrong with asking your employer about the risks associated with your job, and when you talk to your employer, these are the questions you should ask.
You can ask these questions even if you are a seasoned employee of the company, or during a job interview. It shows due diligence that you want to remain safe on the job.
1. What are the hazards of my job?
Your employer must tell you about any hazards on the job.
2. Are there any other hazards I should know about?
These are hazards like long-term high noise that can cause you to lose hearing, dust and chemicals, and more that have long-term health impacts.
3. Are there safety meetings?
Health and Safety meetings are not mandatory in Alberta, but a company that does do them is a company you should work for.
4. Will I receive safety equipment and will I be trained on how to use it?
Employers must provide you with PPE where there is a breathing hazard, or where noise is beyond acceptable limits. The employer is not required to provide you with hard hats, safety boots, eye protection or flame retardant clothing.
5. Will I be trained for emergencies?
You must be trained to deal with emergencies before you ever start working on the job.
6. Where are the first aid kits, emergency equipment and fire extinguishers?
The employer must control the hazards at the workplace with special equipment and you must be told where that equipment is.
7. Who is the first aid person if I am injured?
Your employer must provide on-site first aid equipment and have a person present with first aid training.
8. What are my safety responsibilities?
You are expected to protect yourself and your co-workers. If you feel that you and your co-workers are in danger, the law allows you to refuse to do the task.
Staying safe on the job comes down to you. You need to know the procedures of the company, what the company will do to keep you safe, and what more can be done.