Health and safety at work is everybody's responsibility. Whether you are in a permanent job, an apprentice, a Saturday job or on work experience, you need to be aware of your's and other people's health and safety at work.
All employers have the responsibility to make sure that any health and safety risks are properly identified and controlled, workers are also responsible for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions.
The law says that your employer must provide, free of charge:
- Training to do your job safely
- Protection for you at work when necessary (such as clothing, shoes or boots, eye and ear protection, gloves, masks etc)
- Health checks if there is a danger of ill health because of your work
- Regular health checks if you work nights and a check before you start
At work you must:
- Take care of your own health and safety and that of people who may be affected by what you do (or don't do)
- Co-operate with others on health and safety, and not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for your health, safety or welfare
If you want to find out more about health and safety or are worried about any issues contact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).