Every employee of every business and company should learn OHS regulations and requirements. OHS stands for "occupational health and safety," something that is vital to every job, regardless of the duties of a job. If your employer does not offer an annual training for OH&S, you should take it upon yourself to take a course on your own. Here are three reasons why.
For Your Own Protection
OHS regulations were established by federal law and by a government agency known as OSHA. They are meant to protect every employee from the hazards of his or her job. If you are not told or taught how to operate a machine and are told to operate it without instruction, and then you get hurt and fired, that is illegal. Such regulations exist to protect your job and you in the job. Additional regulations exist to protect your physical self and protect the public/consumers from things that could hurt them.
For Legal Protection of Your Employer
Following OHS regulations helps protect your employer, too. The company or business faces regular checks by the state and federal regulatory commissions and/or inspectors. If OHS regulations are not being followed, the company/business faces steep fines and possibly more severe penalties. Even if your immediate supervisor does not follow the OHS regulations, you should so that the business/company is protected. (If you lose your job for failing to follow supervisor's orders, and those orders go against OHS, you have the right to sue.)
For Legal Protection of Public Health and Safety
When you work for a company that produces food, drink, or other consumable goods, that company is required to protect public health and safety. Recalled products exist because consumers were injured or made sick from products. If those products were known to be harmful before they left the factory, the factory/company is held liable. Good employees who know OHS regulations can either stop these goods from leaving the factory or blow the whistle on the company that is being careless with the public's health and safety.
When You Know Nothing about OHS
When you know nothing about OHS regulations, your life, and the lives of others, could be put at risk. You would do whatever you are told to do, regardless of the dangers and not knowing the dangers. You would not know that you can refuse potentially harmful or fatal tasks, nor would you know that you can file for workers' compensation if your situation involves intentional or accidental harm to your person. Under OHS, your employer is required to inform you of the dangers of a job and accept your willingness not to do a task if you feel it is too dangerous. Studying OHS regulations empowers you as an employee and keeps you, and everyone around you, safe.
To become educated and learn more about OHS regulations, visit websites like ohs.com.au.